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Scheduling a Tour

Book your tour using the online Student Tour Application Form.

After submitting your request, you will be given a receipt code. Once your request has been processed, you will receive by e-mail a confirmation form. Print this out and bring it with you when you arrive for your tour. The confirmation form is the admission ticket for your group.

You may experience a delay of up to 5 minutes when searching for tours.

Questions? E-mail

Maximum group size per visit: 120 students + chaperones, unless otherwise noted in the guided tour descriptions
Minimum group size: 15 + chaperones, for docent-led tours

Chaperone ratios:

Pre K–K: 1 adult per 4 students
Grades 1–2: 1 adult per 6 students
Grades 3–12: 1 adult per 10 students

Any adults in excess of the prescribed ratios must pay the regular admission rate in advance. Extra adults may not accompany docent-led tours, unless adults are one-on-one aides for students.

Teachers and chaperones must be at least 18 years of age and are responsible for the conduct of their students in the museum.


FREE for students and requisite number of chaperones


Grades K–8: FREE for students and the requisite number of chaperones
Grades 9-12: reduced admission of $11.00/student, with the requisite number of chaperones free of charge

Extra adults must pay the current adult admission rate for groups:
Illinois Residents: $20*
Non-Illinois: $23
Payment for students and extra adults must be received at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled visit.

Find information about our student/adult ratios in the Group Size and Chaperones section.

Please Note
Groups that arrive either without a confirmation or without having made advance payment, if required, must pay the regular student and adult admission rates for all group members on site. The policy of admitting children 14 and under for free does not apply to school groups.

Regular Admission Rates

Students: $12
Adults: $23
    Illinois residents: $20*
    Chicago residents: $18*

* Proof of residency is required.

Indicate your lunch selection on Student Tour Application form. If your confirmation does not specify a TIME for your lunch, you have not been scheduled for one.

There are two lunch options:

Sack lunch in Ryan Education Center

There is limited space for groups to bring their own sack lunches in our education studios. These are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch may be timed to occur either directly before or directly after a docent-led or teacher-led tour. Request for a lunch space must be confirmed; look carefully at your confirmation to understand whether your group has been scheduled.

Student Café Box Lunch

Teachers may make advance arrangements to have box lunches provided by the museum at a reasonable cost. Arrangements for box lunches are made directly with Bon Appétit, not through the Student Programs office. Use the contact information below to schedule your box lunch, once you’ve received your tour confirmation.

Bon Appétit Contact Information

(312) 443-3530

We are unable to provide a refund to a group that cancels its scheduled visit. If given at least three weeks advance notice, we will endeavor to reschedule the visit within the same school year.

Groups that cancel with less than two weeks advance notice will not be permitted to reschedule within the same school year. Schools and organizations that cancel with short or no notice more than once in a school year may not be permitted to schedule a visit in the following school year.

If a tour must be canceled, e-mail