Ariel Fang working in the RBSC Bike tour guests Brian Sikes looking at objects MCA campers in collection Student drawing Students drawing Students in collection Students in garden

All Visits to the RBSC are by Appointment.

Information about tours for the SAIC Community and the Public can be found below.

Visits and tours for the SAIC Community

The RBSC is open to SAIC faculty, students, and staff by appointment. We are generally staffed and can host classes  on weekdays and weekday evenings, all based on staff availability. We are not generally staffed on weekends. Class visits can include a guided exploration of the collection; a focused exploration of artists, objects, concepts, and histories in it; and/or access to archival materials. There is no fee for SAIC students, faculty, and staff. The SAIC community is invited to bring visiting artists, colleagues, family, and friends to visit the collection. A little advance notice is advised. 

Faculty: Complete the Class Tour form to schedule your class visit to the study collection. PLEASE NOTE: SUBMITTING THE FORM DOES NOT CONFIRM YOUR VISIT. YOUR VISIT IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMTION FROM RBSC STAFF.

FACULTY, PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT IF A TIME SLOT IS NOT LISTED AS "BOOKED," IT DOESN'T GUARANTEE THAT WE CAN STAFF A TOUR AT THAT TIME; IT JUST MEANS IT'S NOT ALREADY BOOKED. WE TRY HARD TO ACCOMMODATE THE MANY REQUESTS FOR MORNINGS, AFTERNOONS, AND EVENINGS, WITH FINITE STAFF.

Visits and tours for the Public

Please email (rbsc@saic.edu) or call (773.929.2452) to schedule an appointment. Kindly include a few requested days and times that work for you, the type of tour, number of guests, and your phone number. 

Artists' Museum Public Tours: Guided tours include a slide presentation on Roger Brown's artistic and collecting path and a complete tour of the collection. Tours generally last an hour and a half, are limited to 15 or fewer guests, and cost $15 per guest.

Sneak Peek Tours: If you prefer to skip the more formal Artists’ Museum tour, a Sneak Peek visit will guide you through the collection, provide information, and answer questions for $8 per guest. A little advance notice is advised, and visits are scheduled based on staff availability.

Please note: As a special collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) hosts classes, projects, and meetings, which can take place mornings, afternoons, and evenings any day of the week. To accommodate academic programming, there are no specific days/times that the collection is open to the public. However, we welcome guests from the public. All visits are by appointment, and while we strive to accommodate all requests, visits are scheduled based on staff availability.

Student drawing at table

Artists' Museum Group Tours

Tours for museums and other groups: We welcome museum and other professional groups. Tours include a slide presentation on Roger Brown’s artistic and collecting path and a complete tour of the collection. Slide presentations can be tailored to specific subjects or areas of interest by request.

Group tours generally take one-and-a-half hours. For groups of more than 15 guests, half of the group will view the slide presentation in the first floor gallery, while half the group tours the collection on the second floor, then the groups switch. There are many restaurants in the area, please feel free to request a list.

For information or to schedule a visit, please email rbsc@saic.edu or call 773.929.2452.

PLEASE NOTE: RBSC is densely installed with art and objects. Tours are geared primarily for an audience of teenage and older guests. If you bring young children, they must be carefully supervised.

RBSC is located in a historic 1888 storefront building. The collection is located on the second floor and in two stairways, accessible by stairs only. Our facilities are not presently fully accessible but we are actively working towards removing barriers to accommodate people with disabilities. An in-depth slide presentation with many views of the collection can be shown to anyone unable to reach the second floor. Please let us know if you have special needs in advance of your visit. Our wheelchair ramp is located on the south side of the building. A staff member will open the gate. 

All visits are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, based on staff availability.

Location and Contact Information

Roger Brown Study Collection
1926 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, Illinois 60614

voice: 773.929.2452
fax: 773.665.4804
email: rbsc@saic.edu

Directions to the RBSC

The RBSC is located at 1926 North Halsted Street, 1/2 block south of Armitage Avenue on Halsted Street, on the west side of the street.

By public transportation

By car
From I-94, exit at North Avenue, drive east to Halsted Street. Turn left/north on Halsted Street and drive 2.5 blocks to 1926. There's a parking garage directly across the street (credit card only).