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Summer Tours

Summer guided tours are led by the Department of Museum Education’s college interns who interact with students to engage them in detailed looking, discussion, and critical thinking about works of art in the collection. We welcome all types of youth groups for summer tours, including parks, camps, schools, church groups, community centers, and more.

Guided Tour Times and Lengths

Summer guided tours are offered the last week of June through the first week of August each year. Guided tours are at 10:30, and vary in length. See the descriptions below for information about program durations.

Group leaders may choose to lead their groups through the galleries without an Art Institute educator. These types of tours are called teacher-led tours and must be booked using the Student Tour Application. Teacher-led tours are offered throughout the summer, with entry times beginning at 11:00 and every half-hour until 4:30.

Guided Tours

Museum Introduction: Art from Many Places

Grades 1–12 (90 student maximum)
45 minutes for grades 1–2; 1 hour for grades 3–12
An encyclopedic museum encompasses art from many geographic locations, historical eras, and varied cultures. Students will develop looking and critical thinking skills as they explore the differences and similarities among works of art throughout the museum's collections.

Studio: Art from Many Places Tour and Studio

Grades 4–12 (40 student maximum)
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 2 hours total
Following students' experiences in the Art From Many Places guided tour, this program offers student groups the opportunity to engage in hands-on, creative work through a studio art-making activity in the Ryan Education Center.