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Top 10 Things to Know About Art Tour at the Art Institute of Chicago

A privately guided tour of the most important art objects at the museum.

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A Private, Guided Tour of the Top 10 Things to Know About Art at the Art Institute of Chicago

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of art gathered inside a single museum. We often hear that clients are unsure of the best way to learn the history behind a range of works. ART SMART is here to solve these problems, and to ensure you experience art in the best possible way. On the Top 10 Things Tour your personal art historian will guide you through the Art Institute to explore ten key topics in art history. You will develop a broad understanding of the history of art through a tour tailored to fit the needs and interests of your group.

What to Expect on
Your Top 10 Things About Art Tour

When you finish your booking you will receive a confirmation email that provides details regarding where to meet your guide. The tour will be led in ART SMART’s signature conversational style, which is guaranteed to deliver education and excitement in unexpected ways. Based on the number, age, and interests of your group members your tour may include a look at:

  • Medieval and Renaissance Arms & Armor Collection
  • Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol in the Modern Wing
  • Masterpieces by Impressionist painters such as Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, and Degas
  • Significant artworks from the Ancient and Byzantine Collection
  • Textiles, illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, and more from the Medieval and Renaissance periods


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Pricing Questions

Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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