The Art Institute of Chicago

Can you tell me the value of my artwork?
The Art Institute is not permitted to conduct appraisals or authentications of artwork. Here is a list of a few organizations that do.

Can you give me information about an artist or a work of art?
The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries have numerable resources for conducting your art research.

I am a member and have a change in address.
Send your membership number and new address to or call (312) 499-4111.

Can I buy a print of a certain work of art?
Look in the Museum Shop.

I have a work of art I want to sell/give to the Art Institute.
Contact the appropriate curatorial department.

What are the names of the lions?
The two bronze lions that flank the Michigan Avenue entrance were made for the Art Institute's opening at its current location in 1893. They were a gift from Mrs. Henry Field. They have unofficial "names," which were given by their sculptor Edward Kemeys that are more like designations. You'll notice that the lions are not identical, and thus are named for their poses: The south lion "stands in an attitude of defiance," while the north lion is "on the prowl."

Will the museum be open on Easter/ Labor Day/ Thanksgiving/ Memorial Day/ etc.?
The museum is closed three days a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

Where can I park?
The Art Institute does not have a parking lot, but many underground lots are only a block away.

Can we exchange links?
The Art Institute welcomes you to provide a link to its site, providing you adhere to the link-exchange policy.

How do I find a staff member’s contact information?
See the departmental phone directory.

Can I hold a party at the Art Institute?
Yes, the Art Institute has a number of facilities available for private or corporate use.

Do you have wheelchairs?
Yes, wheelchairs are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Which exhibitions will be up during my visit?
See a list of current and future exhibitions.

How can I get a job at the Art Institute?
See a list of job opportunities available at the museum and the School of the Art Institute.

Does the Art Institute offer reciprocal membership to other museums?
Yes. Contact the membership department for a complete list.

Does a ticket to a special exhibition include general admission?
Yes, some exhibitions require a specially priced ticket, which always includes general admission to the museum.