The Art Institute of Chicago is home to over 5,000 years of history, of human expression, and of society - and proud to be so. The encyclopedic art museum features a staggering collection of over 3000,000 - and counting - works of art from a wide range of styles including Old Masters, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and contemporary art, among others. The museum also boasts of the best collection of paintings ever created in Western culture, a distinction that attracts millions of visitors to its galleries annually.
Visitors have plenty of art work to appreciate, even be amazed at, in the Art Institute of Chicago, an art island set amidst Grant Park. Its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Collection will surely impress with Claud Monet’s paintings being the stars of the show; his Haystacks and Water Lillies collections will take your breath away with their beauty.
Other equally impressive works of art include paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Two Sisters); Paul Cézanne (The Basket of Apples); Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (At the Moulin Rouge); Henri Matisse (Bathers by a River); and Vincent van Gogh (Bedroom in Arles and Self-portrait). You can spend hours just contemplating these magnificent works of art yet still be amazed by their glory on your next visit.
The museum’s American art collection is just as impressive. Be enthralled by the works of Mary Cassatt (The Child’s Bath); Grant Wood (American Gothic); and Edward Hopper (Nighthawks). The Art Institute of Chicago, after all, has a distinct American thrust coupled with an enviable world view.
Such is the impressive collections of art works in the museum coupled with its glorious architecture and friendly staff that it is considered the world’s best museum; the distinction was given by TripAdvisor in its review of millions of travelers’ surveys in 2014. The Art Institute of Chicago is also the second-largest art museum in the United States with an area of one million square feet; only the Metropolitan Museum of Art beats it to the draw.