With its entrance flanked by two giant lion statues, this is an exciting place for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. This is where you can find works by Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper and Henri Matisse along with many other well known artists, plus a large collection of miniatures, textiles, children’s activities and much more. With its onsite restaurant and cafes and frequent gallery talks, this is also a museum where one can spend a whole day and still not experience everything.
The museum has several elevators, providing access to all floors and exhibits. All auditoriums are also wheelchair accessible. The Curious Corner is a wheelchair accessible station in the Ryan Learning Center, where stories and interactive games teach children and families about art and the artistic process.
The museum provides wheelchairs and strollers at no charge in the coat check area, but they cannot be reserved in advance.
For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing, a TDD/TTY-equipped phone is provided in the Michigan Avenue library. Fullerton Hall, the museum’s main lecture hall, is also equipped with hearing-assist devices. There are monthly tours of the museum in American Sign Language, and, with advance notice of two weeks, the museum will provide sign language translation at lectures and gallery talks. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or TDD/TTY to (312) 443-3680.
The Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery in the Ryan Learning Center is designed for vision-impaired visitors, but all visitors are welcome. In addition, the museum offers TacTiles, which are textured handheld times that allow visitors who are blind to experience some of the museum’s most famous works of art through their fingertips; these are available for visitors to pick up free of charge from the Crown Family Educator Resource Center. Tours catering to those who are blind or have low vision, and incorporating these TacTiles, can be arranged by calling the Department of Museum Education at (312) 857-7641. Audio guides can be purchased for $7. Some special exhibits also offer free audio guides and printed materials.
Those visiting the Art Institute can park in a number of nearby garages, including the Millennium, East Monroe and Grant Park North garages, but these often cannot accommodate oversized vans, as their maximum clearance ranges from 6 feet and 6 inches to 6 feet and 8 inches. Ramps make the museum’s entrances on Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street accessible to wheelchair-users. There is also at the Monroe entrance for dropping off and collecting visitors with disabilities. Several CTA city buses, all wheelchair accessible, stop in front of the museum. The commuter Metra train stops at the fully-accessible Millennium Park and Van Buren stations, both within a block of the museum. Many “El” train lines stop at the nearby Monroe and Adams/Wabash stations, but these stations can only be reached by stairs.