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The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1879, The Art Institute of Chicago has a collection of approximately 300,000 works of art spanning centuries of different cultures and moments in history.

The exterior of the museum is as impressive of the contents within. Its stately front steps, tall arches and two guardian lions welcome the museum’s 1.5 million visitors every year from across Chicagoland, the country and the world.

The Art Institute’s vast permanent collection includes African, American, Ancient, Asian, European and Modern art.

The Modern Wing of The Art Institute – the new home for the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century art, this 264,000 square-foot building has made The Art Institute of Chicago the 2nd largest art museum in the world.

Located in the heart of Chicago, just a block from Lake Michigan and adjacent to Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute is composed of eight buildings and covers nearly one million square feet. Their eleven curatorial departments and over 500 employees not only care for our illustrious permanent collection but also present 30 special exhibitions and hundreds of gallery talks, lectures, performances, and events every year.

Enhancing all this is their research library for art and architecture, one of the finest in the country, and their state-of-the-art conservation facilities that both safeguard their collection for future generations and continually uncover new and exciting revelations about it.

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.

Mission: The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession’s highest ethical standards and practices.

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
312.443.3600
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