“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.
What a wonderful, diverse collection of art. They have a brochure of 10-15 "must-sees" if you don't have much time, but you could spend a day here just wandering.
A little bit of Chicago bias is coming out, but I think that the Art Institute is the best art museum in the United States. It's got an incredible collection of artwork spanning from ancient times to a beautiful Modern Wing that's full of the greatest art from the 1950s on. It's also free on Thursday afternoons, which is awesome for art lovers on a budget.
Pro tip: do some prep before you go so you know exactly what you want to see and where it is, because this place is huge. They do a pretty good job of directing you to the really famous pieces, but it was still a little confusing and very overwhelming. Overall, it's a must see, and since you can easily spend several hours there, it's a pretty good value for the price of admission.
It's not uncommon to hear people say that the Art Institute of Chicago is their favorite art museum in the country, and when you visit, it's easy to see why. For one, the place is freakin' massive. Seriously, don't go unless you have several hours to spend.
The permanent collection is great, but they also have a fantastic rotation of special events, lectures, and exhibits.
Great museum with wonderful exhibits coming all the time. The museum is pretty big so unless you wan't to spend a good chunk of time there, I'd recommend looking up what's there and going to see one or two exhibits. There's also a gorgeous little plaza-type garden to the right (if you're facing the museum) that's one of the nicest spots in downtown Chicago to go read a book or have a picnic when the weather is nice.
This is my all time favorite art museum. I love wandering the vast halls and continually seeing paintings i've only see pictures of in books. I fell in love with the art of Gerhard Richter at this museum and I will never forget it.
Tickets aren't cheap, like $25, but you seriously get so much bang for your buck. I loved seeing the famous stuff, American Gothic, Nighthawks, the Van Goghs, the Warhols, all that... but they also have an effing badass collection of swords and guns and armor.
Horrible. I spent two hours here, hoping to pick up a few nice pieces. I couldn't find a single price tag OR a sales associate. You lost yourself a customer!
Horrible. I spent two hours here, hoping to pick up a few nice pieces. I could find a single price tag OR a sales associate. You lost yourself a customer!
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