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Maps, Guides, and Apps

The Art Institute offers almost a million square feet to explore! Take a look below at our maps, guides, and apps to help you navigate and explore the museum during your visit.

Planning your visit? Download our floor plan. This information can also be found in the printed Visitor Guide at the museum.

Art Institute Floor Plan

The Art Institute of Chicago Official Mobile App—NEW!

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Your personal, pocket-sized guide to the collection, the new mobile experience merges location-aware technology with audio storytelling, letting the art speak to you.

The FREE app offers:

  • Engaging audio tours featuring behind-the- scenes stories, a variety of expert voices, and music to transport you into the artworks
  • Access to the digital member card so members can enjoy all their on-site benefits
  • A “Look It Up” feature that allows you learn more about the artworks that interest you
  • A location-aware interactive map to help you navigate the galleries, find old favorites, and discover new ones
  • Listing of current exhibitions to help guide your visit or plan your next one

Look for new audio tours to be added!
Learn more here.

This app is available for iOS devices.

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Digital Member Card App

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.

This app is available for Android and included in the Official Mobile App for Apple devices.

Apps from our Partners

My Chi Parks App

Night Out in the Parks is back for a third year, and with it comes an exciting new way to get all the schedule information—a free mobile app! Discover free cultural events and arts programs in parks around Chicago. Night Out in the Parks offers more than 1,000 free events all summer long—movies, live concerts, festivals, and theatrical shows. Download the free My Chi Parks™ app now to view the 2015 Night Out in the Parks schedule.

This app is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android.

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, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • 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 compatible with t-coil hearing induction loops and 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

Collection Highlights

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.

Listen to selected collection highlights:

Claude Monet's Haystack Series

Gloria Groom, David and Mary Winton Green Curator of 19th-Century European Painting and Sculpture

Pablo Picasso's Mother and Child and The Red Armchair

Douglas Druick, former President and Eloise W. Martin Director

Marc Chagall's White Crucifixion

Stephanie D'Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art

On Kawara's Oct. 31, 1978 (Today Series, "Tuesday")

James Rondeau, current President and Eloise W. Martin Director

Guide Audio en Français

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.

Ecoutez un extrait du guide audio en Français.

Audioguía en Español

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.


聆听代表人类5000年艺术成就作品的详细解说。主要收藏涵盖以下几个地区的艺术作品:中国,日本,韩国,印度,南亚,东南亚,古埃及和近东,古希腊,古罗马和欧洲(从文艺复兴时期到现代)。在现代馆Modern Wing,可以听到20世纪和当代的作品,甚至有艺术家对自己作品的诠释。


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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.

Or download our FREE Art Institute Tours app, available for Apple and Android devices, and enjoy 50 personalized tours of the collection.

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