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.
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The Ryan Education Center is the perfect place to start your family’s museum visit. Prominently located on the first level of the Modern Wing, this state-of-the-art facility includes our family exhibition spaces and the Vitale Family Room. What's more—admission to the Ryan Education Center is always free!
Family Room Hours
Daily 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Introduce your child to the museum’s encyclopedic collection with a variety of hands-on activities. Assemble puzzles based on masterpieces you’ll see in the galleries, build architectural wonders with colorful blocks, and learn about art through interactive stories and games at Curious Corner.
Look at original works of art in the family exhibitions on display across the hall in the Picture Book Gallery; then sit at the reading table and find the displayed artworks in copies of the picture books in which they appear. Return to the Family Room to find over 1,300 other picture books to browse. With art, poetry, and storybooks, as well as a selection of books in foreign languages, there's something for everyone to enjoy!
Pick up the museum’s Visitor Guide to plan your journey through the galleries. Not sure where to go? Grab a family self-guide or gallery game at the information desk or ask one of our volunteers.
The Family Room is closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
The Family Room will be closed December 24, 26, and 31.
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8 hours 24 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Experience Artemisia Gentileschi‘s rare masterpiece “Judith Slaying Holofernes” before it goes off view.
Closing January 9—http://bit.ly/1kwtrkw
14 hours 46 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Caroling choirs from area high schools fill the museum with holiday cheer, every day at noon from now until Friday.
1 day 9 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Today is National Pastry Day! You can have your cake and eat it too, with over 100 mouth-watering masterpieces, now on view in #ArtandAppetite.