Experiences in the museum are a great way for your students to use critical thinking skills and apply concepts learned in the classroom in a new context.
Docent-led museum tours emphasize close looking, discussion, and critical and creative thinking by making connections with works of art. Want to lead your own experience in the museum? Teacher-led tours allow teachers to construct visits for their students. We offer a wide range of resources for those who wish to create their own student experiences.
Use the Student Tour Application to apply for your museum visit. Please note that we are not able to receive Docent-led groups prior to their scheduled guided tour. Docent-led groups may re-enter the museum galleries after their guided tours to explore the collection further if desired.
Find more information about tours using the links to the left.
Tour Application Dates Fall tours (September 26, 2015–January 28, 2016) open August 15, 2015 Spring tours (February 1–May 27, 2016) open December 2, 2015
Docent-led tours are available on a limited number of Saturdays on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply online using the Student Tour Application.
Winter/Spring Saturday Dates: January 9, 2016 January 16, 2016 January 23, 2016 January 30, 2016 March 5, 2016 March 12, 2016 March 19, 2016 March 26, 2016 April 2, 2016 April 9, 2016 April 30, 2016
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1 day 8 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem
Two major figures in American art and literature aim to make the black experience visible in postwar America.
Closing August 28—http://bit.ly/2aQrnYd
1 day 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago It is believed Van Dyck never intended for the early stages of his etchings to be circulated and was surprised by their immediate popularity in the art market. Finding success at a time when artists didn’t usually show works in progress, these “unfinished” prints helped set the stage for the more recent popularity of works that reveal the creative process. See the prints that altered conventions in Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print—closing August 7.
2 days 8 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1983: The museum held an exhibition for the collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson, Chicago collectors of contemporary American realist drawings. Acknowledged at the time for collecting against prevailing art world trends, they amassed a comprehensive collection of work spanning the careers of both well-known artists—like Jack Beal, pictured here with Jalane herself and a portrait he made of her—and lesser-known Midwestern artists. The entire Davidson collection was bequeathed to the museum and saw another exhibition devoted to it in 1999.