Treasures of the Art Institute of Chicago
Enjoy special access to the Art Institute of Chicago, where you’ll hear engaging lectures, speak with curators and learn the story behind this world-renowned collection of art.
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Program No. 1423RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the history of Chicago's artistic founders and the world-renowned collection at the Art Institute. As a leading art school and museum for almost 130 years, the Art Institute has amassed a collection spanning 5,000 years of human expression. Learn from the Art Institute of Chicago's curatorial staff and professional museum education art historians as they lead you through gallery walks and discussions in the museum galleries.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile. Portable canvas stools used for gallery lectures. Wheelchairs available.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Examine ideas, techniques and achievements from Ancient Egypt to modern America as you enjoy early access to the museum each morning before it opens to the public and expert-led discussions before original works of art without the crowds.
  • Discover Chicago’s rich architectural history on a walking exploration of the downtown “Loop.”
  • Includes an expert-led exploration of the Art Institute’s new Modern Wing and Marc Chagall’s recently reinstalled “America Windows,” plus admission to all special exhibitions.

General Notes

Women-Only departures are available on this program. You may be interested in a three-night version of this program, "Monet to Modern at the Art Institute of Chicago" (#17465). All dates include unlimited admission to all special exhibitions.
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Margaret Farr
Margaret Farr is an independent art historian and adjunct for the Art Institute of Chicago. With a Ph.D. in art history, her specialization is in 19th-century French art. She has served as Senior Lecturer in Adult Programs and Associate Director of Teacher Programs in the Department of Museum Education at the Art Institute and as Assistant Director of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Margaret has also taught at a number of universities and led several European voyages with the Art Institute.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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