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.
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
Varies by date
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

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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Annie Morse
Annie Morse is an independent educator and curator with a long history in the Chicago art community. A former assistant director for college and professional learning, she worked in the Department of Learning and Public Engagement. She holds a master's degree in 20th-century art history, theory, and criticism and a master’s in library and information sciences. Annie is also an independent curator who has worked with the Contemporary Arts Council, Columbia College Chicago, and the Hyde Park Art Center among others.

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

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