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Illinois School Tours

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the MCA is not currently conducting school tours or taking school tour reservations. Stay connected with the MCA by checking out our virtual learning resources. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Programs are free for Illinois K–12 schools; all other groups, please visit our tours page or call 312-397-3898.

Availability and Details

Tour Dates


A limited number of free tours are offered to Illinois student groups, grades 1–12, October–May. Advance, online registration is required. Participating Chicago Public Schools classes are eligible for free busing.

Registration for Fall 2019 (Oct–Dec) tours begins Tues, September 3 at 3:30pm and registration for Winter/Spring 2020 (Jan–May) tours begins Mon, December 2 at 3:30pm.

Tours Offered

Artist-Led Tour, Grades 1–12

Students join a teaching artist for a dialogue-based tour focusing on current exhibitions at the MCA. Tours are offered Tuesday–Friday at 10 and 11 am. Each 50-minute tour is available for a maximum of 35 students.*

Creation Lab, Grades 3–12

Students join a teaching artist for a dialogue-based tour focusing on current exhibitions at the MCA and an interactive studio workshop component. Creation labs are offered Tuesday–Friday at 10 am. This is a two-hour experience for up to 30 students.1

* To ensure an equitable distribution of MCA resources, we ask that schools book no more than five Artist-Led Tours and/or Creation Labs per registration period.

Self-Guided Visits

Book a Self-Guided Visit


Grades 9–12


Grades K–12

Teachers may independently lead groups of up to 30 students through the museum by scheduling a Self-guided visit.

Self-guided visits are available ONLY to Illinois student groups: grades 9–12, October–May, and grades K–12, June–September. Self-guided visits can be scheduled starting at noon during the school year (Oct–May) and starting at 10 am during the summer (Jun–Sep).

Out-of-state and college-level groups

To make arrangements for an out-of-state school, adult, or college/university group visit, please visit our Tours page for more information on the types of tours we have, or call 312-397-3898 to book a private tour.

Prefer a self-guided visit? Groups of 10 or more receive discounted admission. Call 312-397-4010 for more information.

Guided Tours