The exterior of the Art Institute of Chicago is impressive with numerous steps leading up to its entrance, tall arches, and the two guardian lions welcoming the museum's 1.3 million visitors every year.
Inside, it is even more extraordinary: the Art Institute has a collection of more than 260,000 pieces of art spanning centuries of different cultures and moments in history. Visitors can spend hours here in awe.
The Art Institute's vast permanent collection includes African, American, Ancient, Asian, European and Modern art.
The museum's galleries devoted to prints and drawings opened in June 2008; and the newly renovated Gunsaulus Hall will become the new Southeast Asian and Himalayan sculpture gallery by winter 2008. The Modern Wing - the Art Insitute's largest addition in its history - will open to the public May 16, 2009.
The temporary exhibitions have showcased the works of Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints, and the art of Ikebana (flower arranging) from Japan.
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Experience the Art Institute for free from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Thursday and Friday evenings from 5-9pm, during the Target Free Summer Evenings.
Please call 312.443.3600 or visit artinstitutechicago.org for enquiries.
The Art Institute of Chicago is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave. in Grant Park in Chicago.