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.
Fall/Winter Saturday Dates: December 5, 2015 January 9, 2016 January 16, 2016 January 23, 2016 January 30, 2016
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15 hours 35 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago MONDAY—Join our conversation with award-winning architect Frei Otto.
(This event is free; register before Friday to attend.)
19 hours 12 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago This Friday our beloved lions don their evergreen wreaths again, a tradition 24 years and running. But event regulars may recall the lions have sported other looks before.
Learn how the Modern Wing, solar power, and the wishes of thousands of schoolchildren briefly changed a Chicago tradition.
1 day 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago A kiss under the mistletoe? Plant one on that special somebody and share your glad tidings with fellow art lovers around the world.
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