The museum continues to serve college and university groups on-site and online. Please see the guidelines below on visiting the museum safely and to learn more about remote experiences and connecting with staff.
Faculty who are interested in visiting the museum with a group should first review the visitor information page for details about museum hours, ticket prices, and safety protocols which have been put in place to limit exposure to COVID-19. Please also review our Visiting Terms and Conditions.
We are not accepting requests for group admission sales through the end of 2020. Groups who would like to visit the museum must purchase individual tickets. We encourage purchasing tickets online in advance.
We recommend that groups use the Modern Wing entrance on Monroe Street to enter the building.
The Museum Café and Café Moderno are not open for class gatherings.
All classes are encouraged to break into small groups once inside the museum in order to accommodate gallery capacity limits and enable physical distancing. The recommended group size for most galleries is 5 people or less.
Lecturing in the galleries is not permitted.
The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries reading room is closed through the end of 2020. More details on virtual reference services will be available after Labor Day.
The museum’s study rooms for Photography and Prints and Drawings are closed through the end of 2020.
We want to help you develop ideas and experiences to engage your students with the museum, whether it’s in-person or online. Reach out to the staff listed below to learn more about the ways we can help support your curriculum.
University Partner Program
If your university is a part of the museum’s University Partner Program, students and faculty receive free general admission to the museum and enjoy a robust schedule of remote programs focused on the collection and special exhibitions. Please contact Maddie Shearer at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or to find out how your college or university can enhance its curricular offerings and student life programs with the Art Institute of Chicago.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago and City Colleges of Chicago
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) faculty who have specific questions about how the museum can support their teaching should reach out to Sam Ramos at email@example.com.
Civic Wellness Workshops
The collection offers a unique training resource for students across fields and areas of study. Remote workshops exercise skills including close observation, communication, collaboration, narrative building, empathic thinking, and implicit-bias awareness to enhance the development of students in health and wellness, legal, social work, and other allied fields. To learn if this workshop is appropriate for your group, contact Sam Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical School Partnerships
The museum offers workshops for medical schools to enhance observation, communication, and empathic listening skills, in addition to close looking and collaborative exercises that emphasize well-being and implicit-bias awareness. To learn more, contact Sam Ramos at email@example.com.
The Chicago Objects Study Initiative
Art history faculty and graduate students under the Mellon Foundation–funded Chicago Objects Study Initiative can reach out to Jill Bugajski at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions about how the museum can support their teaching and research.
Faculty with additional questions about how the museum can support their teaching can reach out to Sam Ramos at email@example.com with inquiries.