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Mobile App & Audio Tours


Hear the stories behind the artworks—straight from artists, experts, and community members.

A dark-skinned young woman holds a phone with ear buds in her ears while looking at Edward Hopper's Nighthawks.


Art Institute of Chicago App

Your personal, pocket-sized guide to the collection, the new mobile experience merges location-aware technology with audio storytelling, letting the art speak to you.

The FREE app offers:

  • Engaging audio tours featuring behind-the-scenes stories, a variety of expert voices, and music to transport you into the artworks
  • Access to the digital member card so members can enjoy all their on-site benefits
  • A “Look It Up” feature that allows you learn more about the artworks that interest you
  • A location-aware interactive map to help you navigate the galleries, find old favorites, and discover new ones
  • Listing of current exhibitions to help guide your visit or plan your next one

Look for new audio tours to be added!

This app is now available for iOS devices and for Android devices.

Audio Tours

Please note: Audio tour rentals are currently unavailable as part of our efforts to protect the health and safety of visitors. We encourage visitors to download our free app which offers the same audio tour content.

Our audio guides offer you complete flexibility when you’re touring the galleries. Visitors can begin with any artwork marked with the audio guide icon and go through the galleries in any order they prefer.

  • Audio guides are available in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • The commentary is presented in a conversational tone appealing to all listeners.
  • Guides include special exhibition tours when available.

Renting an Audio Guide

  • Guides can be rented for $7 per person ($5 for members). They are compatible with t-coil hearing induction loops and free for visually impaired visitors and their escorts.
  • They can be purchased with admission tickets or at the audio guide counter in the Michigan Avenue or Modern Wing lobbies.
  • Guides can be returned to their original rental location and picked up later the same day with a receipt if breaks are taken for lunch or other plans.

Currently Available Tours

Collection Highlights

Listen to informative commentary on works representing 5,000 years of artistic achievement. Collection highlights include art from China, Japan, Korea, India, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, ancient Egypt and the Near East, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and Europe (Renaissance to Modern). In the Modern Wing, hear about 20th-century and contemporary works—in some cases, from the voices of the artists themselves.

Listen to selected collection highlights:

  • Guide Audio en Français

    Venez découvrir en français une sélection d’œuvres, du 16ème au 20ème siècle, et principalement de la période impressionniste, commentées par le directeur du musée et ses conservateurs. Apprenez comment des mécènes de Chicago ont fait l’acquisition de peintures impressionnistes françaises à partir de la fin du 19ème siècle, réunissant ainsi l’une des plus importantes collections impressionnistes et post-impressionnistes des Etats-Unis, dont des œuvres majeures telles que Un Dimanche Après-midi à l’Ile de la Grande-Jatte de Seurat et Au Moulin-Rouge de Toulouse-Lautrec. L’aile moderne, quant à elle, présente des chefs-d’œuvre du 20ème siècle, du Cubisme au Surréalisme.

    Ecoutez un extrait du guide audio en Français:

    Audioguía en Español

    Escuche información sobre obras de artistas españoles y de arte de todo el mundo desde la escultura griega y romana a la pintura Impresionista y obras maestras de El Greco y Dalí. También puede explorar obras de las antiguas civilizaciones de Meso- y Sudamérica, obras maestras de la Edad Media y Renacimiento, escultura asiática, arte de África y atrevidas instalaciones contemporáneas. La colección incluye dos de las obras más famosas del arteamericano: Nighthawks de Edward Hopper y American Gothic de Grant Wood.

    Escuche las partes más destacadas de el audioguía en español:


    聆听代表人类5000年艺术成就作品的详细解说。主要收藏涵盖以下几个地区的艺术作品:中国,日本,韩国,印度,南亚,东南亚,古埃及和近东,古希腊,古罗马和欧洲(从文艺复兴时期到现代)。在现代馆Modern Wing,可以听到20世纪和当代的作品,甚至有艺术家对自己作品的诠释。


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