Founded in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s major museums, housing an extraordinary collection of objects from across places, cultures, and time. We are also a place of active learning for all—dedicated to investigation, innovation, education, and dialogue—continually aspiring to greater public service and civic engagement.
At the Art Institute, you can explore thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection—from our world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe—as well as our books, writings, reference materials, and other resources. We’re now open and thrilled to welcome you back to the galleries once again or you can visit us virtually.
Wherever you are, whatever the time, our online resources are always here to connect you to our collection of art from around the world—whether you’re seeking inspiration, community, or a little adventure.
In Person Visits
As you plan your visit, please acquaint yourself with our hours and visiting policies below:
Thursday - Monday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
- Face coverings worn over the nose and mouth are required for your entire museum visit.
- A six-foot distance must be maintained from those not part of your visiting group.
- Advance ticket purchase is required for the public.
- Anyone feeling unwell should postpone their visit for another time.
- Our checkrooms are currently closed. Pack light, and remember some items—including large bags, backpacks, shopping bags, and food—are not allowed in the galleries.
- Our amenities are temporarily limited: all restaurants, valet service, the Member Lounge, the libraries, and the Ryan Learning Center are currently unavailable.
- Some galleries may have limited capacity or be temporarily closed.
- Be mindful to follow directional signage, including designated entrances and exits.
- The Monet and Bisa Butler exhibitions have virtual lines. Check in at the exhibition entrances to reserve your spot in line.