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 28, 2015–January 29, 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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18 hours 9 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1924: An old favorite—The Art Institute included German Shepherds as part of our crackerjack security team from the 1920s until the 1940s. Here we see guard dogs Billo and Bella posing with their handler, along with a few paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
21 hours 18 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago TODAY—Admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00.
Join us for one of three events, including our American Sign Language gallery talk, a dramatic reading by actor Kelvin Roston Jr. from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and a lecture from our American Art Up Close series.
1 day 17 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago TOMORROW at 6:00—Join us for our latest Sign Language Gallery Talk, presented in ASL with voice interpretation.
Free to Illinois residents—http://bit.ly/247Imst