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Self-Guided Tours (Grades Pre-K–12)


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Tour Suspension

K–12 student tours are currently on hiatus. We look forward to opening opportunities when possible.

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. 

Use the online Student Tour Application to register for a teacher-led visit. Self-guided tours are limited to 180 students.

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 docent-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 docents. 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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