Detail image of hands laid on top of each other, carved in stone, 1964.556

Visitors Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

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Tours with Sighted Guides

Visitors who are blind or have low vision may arrange for free guided museum tours by calling (312) 857-7641 from 9:00 to 5:00 weekdays or by emailing access@artic.edu. Tours are customizable and may include verbal descriptions of the collection and exhibitions, a visit to the Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery, or a hands-on exploration of TacTiles and 3-D-printed replicas of original works of art. Please contact access@artic.edu to make arrangements.

Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery

Located in the Ryan Learning Center, the Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery is specifically designed for visitors with blindness and low vision but available to all.

TacTiles Kits

The Art Institute is pleased to offer a fresh approach to experiencing art for visitors who have low vision: TacTiles. These kits consist of highlights from the Art Institute’s collection represented on handheld tiles designed to be touched. Each tile reproduces the composition and textures of an artwork, making them legible through the fingertips. TacTiles include color photographs, large-type print descriptions, and braille descriptions of each work.

Artworks represented include Pierre Auguste Renoir’s Two Sisters (On the Terrace), 1881; Ardriaen van der Spelt and Frans van Mieris’s Trompe-L’Oeil Still Life with a Flower Garland and a Curtain, 1658; Joan Miró’s Personages with Star, 1933; a Japanese screen by Tosa Mitsuoki, Flowering Cherry with Poem Slips, about 1675; and the marvelous Aztec Coronation Stone of Motecuhzoma II, 1503.

TacTiles are available to use free of charge in the Crown Family Educator Resource Center. Visitors may request a guided tour utilizing TacTiles with advance notice. For more information, call (312) 857-7641.

Audio Guide

The museum’s audio guides offer complete flexibility when touring the galleries. T-coil compatibility is provided through the guide’s optional neck-loop accessory. The audio guide is free for blind and low-vision visitors and one accompanying companion.

Printed transcripts of selected audio guide are available at the audio guide desk.

Art Institute of Chicago App

The free Art Institute of Chicago App supports Bluetooth audio output for compatible hearing aids and other receivers. "The Verbal Description Tour: The Essentials" is designed for people who are blind or partially sighted. Look for this symbol on an artwork’s label [show symbol].

Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program are encouraged to send an email to access@artic.edu as far in advance as possible.

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