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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10 hours 59 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Find out what a room of his own meant to Vincent van Gogh in this teaser video with curator Gloria Groom.
Van Gogh’s Bedrooms opens to the public this Sunday.
14 hours 12 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Actor Kirk Douglas strikes a pose with Vincent van Gogh at the Art Institute. Douglas was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of the Dutch painter in the 1956 film Lust for Life. #tbt
See the self-portrait in a whole new light in Van Gogh’s Bedrooms—opening this Sunday. #VanGoghsBedrooms
1 day 7 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Vincent van Gogh painted this self-portrait the same week as his second version of The Bedroom. A patient at an asylum in Saint-Rémy at the time, Van Gogh left behind one of the few places in his life he could truly call his own.
Van Gogh’s Bedrooms is the first exhibition to delve into the fascinating history behind the bedroom paintings and the beloved artist’s restless search for a sense of home.