Museum Galore in Chicago – Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago offers a buffetspread of world-class museums, each offering a distinctive collection and art pieces that you are able to view in its awe and glory. I had visited the Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum, and what an experience it was! If you happen to be in Chicago, you must definitely visit the Art Institute. I had originally planned to spend merely three to four hours, and thereafter head downtown to view other attractions, but ended up spending the entire day there. Its Asian collections are very thorough and rival the very museums that I see in Asia – be it Singapore, Hong Kong or elsewhere. It is a must-see!
If you are planning a visit, tie in this place with the Millennium Park. It is closely connected to the Park, and offers a relief after partaking in the sights and sounds of the Cloud Gate, Pavilion and many more. Do try to come in early in the day though – the Art Institute is an extremely popular attraction, and you do not want to be swarmed with people when viewing some of its excellent collection.
Be warned – you must wear comfortable shoes. The Art Institute of Chicago was deceivingly small from the outside – but inside, you would face a myriad of routes – each with its own challenging twists and turns that leads you into enticing art pieces. Just to give you an idea, there are more than 15 visiting galleries (not including its permanent collection) spread over three different floors. But with each step that you take, you would find the journey immensely rewarding – so yeah, do go ahead and walk on all three floors and explore each different gallery.
The Art Institute of Chicago is huge on details – so you would find relevant and concise snippets informing you about each art piece. There is also an audio guide available if you would like – and even an iPhone app if you like to take your journey around the museum alone! Certainly one of the most forward-looking and modern museums of all times.
I thoroughly enjoyed this institution. One wish I had was probably for more seating area – trust me, your feet will get worn out.
In this particular blog piece, I would let the pictures do the talking!
Student Ticket at $17; Adult Ticket at $23
Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago
During my visit, the Art Institute of Chicago had brought in some exhibits from the British Museum, featuring items from the late Roman and Early Byzantine Empire. This exhibition will last till August 25 2013. More information can be found on this link.
Some Roman writings.
Can’t quite remember what significance this jewel cup was – but behold its majesty!
Another wing of the museum
The mininature size of Lincoln.
The iconic American Gothic by Grant Wood. Commissioned in 1930, it was meant to represent the challenged gender roles of American men and women in the midst of developments.
This impressive Buddha was part of its Southeast Asian collection.
They even had Thai features in the museum!
Another iconic painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jattte, was very well-received by patrons of the museum.
Van Gogh’s self-portrait.
Location: 111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603, United States
Operating Hours: Daily 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday until 8:00 p.m