Our audio guides offer you complete flexibility when you're touring the galleries. Visitors can begin with any artwork marked with the audio guide icon and go through the galleries in any order they prefer.
Audio guides are available in English, French, and Spanish.
The commentary is presented in a conversational tone appealing to all listeners.
Guides include special exhibition tours when available.
Renting an Audio Guide
Guides can be rented for $7 per person ($5 for members). They are free for visually impaired visitors and their escorts.
They can be purchased with admission tickets or at the audio guide counter in the Michigan Avenue or Modern Wing lobbies.
Guides can be returned to their original rental location and picked up later the same day with a receipt if breaks are taken for lunch or other plans.
Currently Available Tours
Lions Trail Family Tour
The Lions Trail tour is designed for children ages 5 to 10 for an informative, dramatic, and fun tour of the collection. Listen in English or Spanish. This tour has 32 stops.
Listen to informative commentary on works representing 5,000 years of artistic achievement. Collection highlights include art from the following areas: China, Japan, Korea, India, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, ancient Egypt and the Near East, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and Europe (Renaissance to Modern). In the Modern Wing, hear about 20th-century and contemporary works—in some cases, from the voices of the artists themselves.
Venez découvrir en français une sélection d'œuvres, du 16ème au 20ème siècle, et principalement de la période impressionniste, commentées par le directeur du musée et ses conservateurs. Apprenez comment des mécènes de Chicago ont fait l’acquisition de peintures impressionnistes françaises à partir de la fin du 19ème siècle, réunissant ainsi l’une des plus importantes collections impressionnistes et post-impressionnistes des Etats-Unis, dont des œuvres majeures telles que Un Dimanche Après-midi à l’Ile de la Grande-Jatte de Seurat et Au Moulin-Rouge de Toulouse-Lautrec. L’aile moderne, quant à elle, présente des chefs-d’œuvre du 20ème siècle, du Cubisme au Surréalisme.
Escuche información sobre obras de artistas españoles y de arte de todo el mundo desde la escultura griega y romana a la pintura Impresionista y obras maestras de El Greco y Dalí. También puede explorar obras de las antiguas civilizaciones de Meso- y Sudamérica, obras maestras de la Edad Media y Renacimiento, escultura asiática, arte de África y atrevidas instalaciones contemporáneas. La colección incluye dos de las obras más famosas del arteamericano: Nighthawks de Edward Hopper y American Gothic de Grant Wood.
Escuche las partes más destacadas de el audioguía en español.
Whether you're looking for some help navigating the museum's thousands of works on view, want to enrich your understanding of modern art, or simply want to carry some of your member benefits on your phone, we have an app for you!
A Closer Look in the Art Institute of Chicago—NEW!
Delve deeper into the world of modern art with this app featuring selected works from the museum's world-renowned collection, accompanied by slide shows, videos, archival materials, and more. The FREE app offers:
General overviews of selected iconic modern masterpieces, including Vasily Kandinsky's Improvisation No. 30 (Cannons), Henri Matisse's Bathers by a River, Pablo Picasso's Red Armchair, and Constantin Brâncusi's Golden Bird
Rich multimedia materials including:
Photographs and videos of the artists at work and at play
Related artworks, including musical pieces and poetry that inspired the artists
Recent conservation revelations about the artworks
Historical and social context of the works' creation
Videos featuring curators and collectors
Floor plan to help you find each of the featured artworks and navigate the galleries
Look for additional collections to be added in the future!
There's no need to feel overwhelmed by the treasures of the Art Institute of Chicago! Use our new free app to follow your own individual interests, learn about art, and enjoy one of the world's greatest art museums. The FREE app offers:
50 personalized tours, each featuring 6 to 10 works of art, with brief entries that explain each work's connection to a theme or its significance in the history of art
Several different types of tours:
Collections: explore most of the museum's major collections such as Impressionist art, contemporary art, or African art.
Themes: focus on topics such as Chicago artists, self-portraits, children in art, or the architecture of the museum.
Time or Occasions: choose tours by the amount of time you have—an hour, two hours, a full day—or by occasion, such as relaxing on your own or impressing your out-of-town guests.
Step-by-step directions from one artwork to the next, available both as guided maps through the museum's galleries and simple listed instructions
Information on and directions to the museum's current special exhibitions
Access to explore the collection further through our online database where you can see multimedia resources or search for other artworks close by or for works by the same artist
In the first app of its kind, the Art Institute of Chicago Member Card app makes it possible for members to carry their member cards on their iPhones rather than in their wallets or purses. Members need only to enter their member number once to download the card and then enjoy all the benefits the museum has to offer—from special exhibition viewing hours to exclusive programs and entry into the Member Lounge. The member card features a selection of images—choose between iconic permanent collection works and featured special exhibition pieces—from the permanent collection and a barcode that can be scanned at entrances to the museum and special exhibitions.
The Art Institute of Chicago brings select content from its long-standing and award-winning member publication, Member Magazine, to iPad users. Visit the iPad app Newstand to download articles on the permanent collection and special exhibitions as well as the full calendar of programs. And become a member today to receive the full-print version every other month!