Download our FREE Art Institute Tours app, available for Apple and Android devices, and enjoy 50 personalized tours of the collection that make use of the museum's free Wi-Fi and indoor positioning system to provide step-by-step directions from one artwork to the next.
Or, find themed mini-tours, available as PDFs, below.
Please note: Works featured in past mini-tours may be off view due to gallery renovations or regular rotations of the museum's collection.
You might more frequently think of monkeys residing in zoos or traveling with circuses, but here at the Art Institute, we have primates a-plenty. Get in touch with your simian side with a quick trip to our troupe of museum monkeys.
Let’s face it: the winter holidays are never more fun than when you are a kid—no school, no responsibilities, just sweets, surprises, and swag. In honor of your favorite lads and lasses, enjoying the holiday season, we offer this tour of some of the museum’s memorable minors.
No city takes to the summer sun like Chicago. Whether it's our award-winning gardens or our permanent collections, the Art Institute boasts a wide variety of landscapes to play or get lost in. Finding your summer inspiration just became a walk in the park.
If our pets could talk, what would they say about their masters? Not content to let sleeping dogs lie, we take a trot through the museum's collections to dig up the stories behind these canine compositions.
Stories of princesses usually begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after,” with a few dragons, witches, and spells in between. Get a glimpse at both the fantastically real and really fantastic world of royal heiresses on this fairy-tale trip through the collection.
Love them or loathe them, families and family get-togethers are simply a part of life, especially during the holiday season. So bring your brood, collect your kin, and follow this family-filled tour through the collection.
Long before red and blue became the emblematic colors of the two major U.S. political parties, the vivid hues had been used by artists throughout the world. Explore the fascinating sources and rich symbolism of these popular shades and cast your vote for the most compelling color.
The spotlight always shines on the lions that stand guard at the Art Institute's entrance, but the museum is filled with other curious creatures that also deserve recognition. Trek through the wilds of our collection and discover a few of our many magnificent beasts.
Has the summer heat got you too hot to trot? Step inside where you can flex your mind and walk lively in pursuit of works of art that celebrate the sporting life. Although just like fashion, specific sports fall in and out of favor, the basic urge to win, place, or show is timeless.
This special family audio guide, designed for children ages 5 to 10, offers an informative, dramatic, and fun way to tour the museum and is available in English or Spanish. With 32 stops, it's the perfect length for kids and a great way to inspire them to explore the museum. Audio guides can be purchased with admission tickets or separately at the audio guide counter in the Michigan Avenue or Modern Wing lobbies.
Inspired by the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival’s August 29 screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in Grant Park, a film in which the Art Institute and our fair city figure prominently, we’ve used titles of movies set or filmed in Chicago to make some surprising connections with works of art in the collection.
Money, fame, adoring fans, and of course, hard and fast living—the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle can only be enjoyed (and survived) by a select few. Take a vicarious walk on the wild side with this rockin’ guide to the collection.
In this season of gooey chocolates and sentimental cards, this tour reminds you of what love is really made of: passion, devotion, treachery, tears. No wonder artists throughout time have depicted this rich and provocative subject.
Join us as we celebrate our world-renowned Impressionist and PostImpressionist collection before it travels to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, as the largest loan in the museum’s history. Before the galleries dedicated to these works undergo renovations, wish these treasures a “bon voyage” with a stroll through the collection’s Parisian streets and blossoming French countryside.
Seductive yet dangerous, beautiful yet deadly—the femme fatale has captured the artistic imagination from biblical times to the modern-day cinema. Discover the empowering strength behind their mysterious charm as this tour visits a few of these legendary ladies.
From the statues of ancient Greece to the paintings of modern masters, the nude has been one of the most consistently interpreted subjects throughout the history of art. Sneak a peek at some of the museum’s leafless treasures, and discover what inspired these artists to go au naturel.
Your mouth is not the only organ with great taste. Savor the museum’s buffet of visual flavors as this gourmandizing guide explores how artists throughout the centuries and across the world have transformed the edible into the artistic.
1 day 19 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory
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Try this new digital interactive for families in the museum’s Ryan Learning Center, located in the Modern Wing, or print out a tour at home.
2 days 20 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Today marks the autumn equinox and the official end of summer. Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the latest in ARTicle’s Sound and Vision series, matching songs from around the world with our encyclopedic collection.