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Mini-Tours

Looking for a fun introduction to the Art Institute or a new way to explore the collection?

Looking for a fun introduction to the Art Institute or a new way to explore the collection? Browse 80 different themed mini-tours and download a PDF for your next visit.

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Please note: Works featured in past mini-tours may be off view due to gallery renovations or regular rotations of the museum's collection. Works in the most recent mini-tour are currently on view. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Mini-Tour PDFs

July 2010

Inspired by Tony Tasset’s giant eyeball sculpture in Pritzker Park, this tour treats your peepers to some of the museum’s most ocularly oriented artworks.

June 2010

Inspired by the multitude of music festivals that swell the city with songs and throngs, this guide seeks to match Chicago’s summer sounds with the Art Institute’s very own super group, culled from the museum’s well of music makers. We present to you the timeless tunes of the Cure-ation.

May 2010

Spend some quality time with the museum’s maternal masterpieces and celebrate the mother in your life all month long.

April 2010

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.

March 2010

While the art world might not be a frequent topic on “Law and Order,” art and artists have enjoyed a long and action-packed history of igniting controversy that often winds up in the courtroom. This guide takes a look at works by artists who have sparked some scandalous scenes and contentious cases.

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