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Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603 USA

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“encouraging the individual experience of works of art”

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. At its heart, though, the museum encourages the individual experience of works of art, the irreplaceable embodiments of the creative impulse from all times and areas. Our mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret these works of art for our 1.5 million visitors annually from around the globe. The Art Institute, founded in 1879, now has approximately 300,000 works of art in its permanent collection, stewarded by eleven curatorial departments and nearly 500 employees. This collection is housed in eight buildings—nearly one million square feet—at the heart of Chicago, one block from Lake Michigan and serving as the eastern anchor of the city's downtown. In addition to displaying the permanent collection, we host 30 special exhibitions and hundreds of gallery talks, lectures, performances, and events every year. We have one of the finest research libraries for art and architecture in the country as well as state-of-the-art conservation facilities that ensure that the art of the past carries on well into the future.  

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What an incredible place! Chicago is a city with so many incredible museums and the Art Institute does not disappoint. I am certainly no expert on art or art history but had an amazing time here!... Read more

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Kate W.

The Art Institute is one of my favorite things about Chicago! I'm a member here and come often, but the place is so big that I'm constantly seeing new things. Literally every single staff member... Read more

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Mia K.

A gem of a museum that I could spend the majority of a day exploring. With in and out privileges, too! The Thorne miniature rooms in the subground level are a must see. I wasn't impressed with... Read more

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois
60603 USA
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