Museum Orientation Tour



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  • Free with museum admission
    Museum admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday, 5:00–8:00—including during this event.

Whether you’re a new visitor or a seasoned member, the Art Institute can be overwhelming. It is, after all, one of the world’s great global art museums, which means that it is big. Very big. If you would like an overview or simply want to gain more working knowledge, this tour is a great place to start.

Topics include

  • getting from point A to point Z (via points B through Y)
  • how the buildings connect with one another
  • how the collections are arranged individually and flow into one another
  • interesting and little-known facts about the museum and its collections

Join us in Gallery 100 (at the base of the Grand Staircase) and begin from the beginning.


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