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To best protect the health and safety of our community, the museum is temporarily closed. Learn more.

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Visit with My Students


Discover works of art, participate in lively group discussions, and apply critical and creative thinking skills in new contexts.
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Preventative measures we have taken due to COVID-19.

As a public institution, the Art Institute of Chicago prioritizes the safety and health of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. In light of COVID-19 developments that continue to rapidly unfold, and based on guidance from the CDC, we have decided to take the precautionary step of canceling all museum events and group visitation through May 10 (this includes lectures, workshops, and performances) and student tours through May 29. 

Spring Tours

K–12 student tours are currently on hiatus through May 29, 2020. 

We look forward to opening opportunities this summer to schedule student tours for fall 2020. 

From May 10 - May 29, we are not able to accommodate group entry, the stowing of students’ coats and bags, or provide a space for lunch in the Ryan Learning Center. Student groups visiting the museum during that time will be directed to general admission, not group sales. For detailed information about visiting the museum, please review the museum’s Visit and FAQs pages. General admission policies are as follows:

  • Visitors must purchase the appropriate ticket type based on the age and residence of each visitor.
  • Visitors are encouraged to use the Modern Wing entrance at 159 East Monroe Street.
  • Outside food and beverages cannot be brought into the museum. Visitors can purchase food at the museum’s restaurants.
  • All backpacks and large bags will need to be checked at $1.00 per item.

Exciting changes are coming to the Ryan Learning Center!

We are currently transforming the RLC into an even more accessible and inclusive space, where all audiences can enjoy creative activities. Due to the museum closure, the reopening of the Ryan Learning Center has been delayed. A new opening date will be released soon. Stay tuned!

Please direct any questions to School Programs at or (312) 443-3907. 


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