Tours with Sighted Guides
Tours with sighted guides are currently on hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please email email@example.com with questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours are customizable and may include verbal descriptions of the collection and exhibitions or a hands-on exploration of TacTiles and 3-D-printed replicas of original works of art. Please contact email@example.com to make arrangements.
TacTiles kits are not currently available due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
Rentable audio guide devices are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, all audio tour stops are available via the museum’s free downloadable app.
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.