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Self-Guided Tours (Grades Pre-K–12)


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Student Tours Hiatus

K–12 student tours are currently on hiatus. Student groups can arrange to visit the museum through general admission instead of group sales. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance through our ticketing website. For hours, prices, and detailed information about visiting the museum, please review the museum’s Visit and FAQs pages. And remember—Chicago students under 18 and all children under 14 always receive free admission. Illinois teachers are also able to receive free admission by submitting an Educator Admission Request.

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours allow you to lead your students (pre-K–12) through the museum galleries for a unique and participatory experience. These tours are offered between 11:00 and 4:00 with entrance times every twenty minutes. 

When student tours resume, student groups will be eligible to:

  • Receive free admission for all K–8 students, Illinois students grades 9–12 , and a requisite number of chaperones. Additional chaperone fees are $20 for Illinois adult residents and $23 for out-of-state residents. The rate for out-of-state students grades 9–12 is $11 per student. 
  • Use the group entrance, located off Columbus Drive. 
  • Receive complimentary storage for coats and bags.
  • Reserve lunch space on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that museum educator-led tours receive preference in scheduling tour times and gallery use. The total number of students in the museum is limited to ensure the best educational experience for everyone. Teacher-led groups must always yield to gallery tours conducted by Art Institute staff and educators. There may be restrictions on groups in special exhibitions; please check with School Tours staff when planning your visit.

Questions about student tours? Contact us at (312) 443-3907 or


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