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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

September 2009

This year, we celebrate the opening of the Modern Wing with 500 Ways of Looking at Modern, a yearlong season of exhibitions and events featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the Poetry Foundation. Get a glimpse at our season partners and other collaborators through modern masterpieces in the collection.

July 2009

During the summer months, weddings and wedding parties are in full bloom. Walk down the aisle of the museum's galleries as this nuptial navigation explores artworks that celebrate the monumental day of matrimony.

June 2009

Inspired by the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Renzo Piano–designed Modern Wing, and a city rich with architectural tradition and innovation, this guide explores the awe-inspiring art of architecture.

May 2009

Housing over 800 works in 65,000 feet of gallery space, the Modern Wing is a true treasure trove of 20th- and 21st-century art, architecture, design, and photography. Take in highlights from the new building’s stunning array of artworks as this guide features curators’ picks from their various collections.

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April 2009

As we look forward to the opening of the Modern Wing next month, we look back at the art, artists, and innovative thinking that paved the way for modern and contemporary masters.