Know Before You Go


Krannert Art Museum, Kinkead Pavilion entrance. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer (2015)
Krannert Art Museum, Kinkead Pavilion entrance. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer (2015)

We want to help you make the most of your visit to Krannert Art Museum.

Help care for our community and museum by following these health and safety precautions:

  • Stay home if you feel ill or are running a fever.
  • Self-quarantine if you have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water (20 sec.). Hand sanitizer is available for visitor use in the museum.
  • Face coverings are required indoors at the University of Illinois, in accordance with current CDC guidance (July 30, 2021).
  • Maintain 6 ft of physical distance between yourself and others.



The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.  Admission is always free.

Walk ins are welcome, or plan ahead and reserve a time for your visit:
Krannert Art Museum Timed Reservations

When you arrive, please give your name or show your reservation email to the gallery attendant. Face coverings are required indoors for all museum visitors.

Accessible entry to the museum is through the automated doors to the Kinkead Pavilion (Sixth Street). For more accessibility information, please see our Accessibility page.

Please read posted information as you enter. An attendant will be nearby to answer questions as you continue to the galleries.



Due to COVID-19, the University of Illinois requires cloth or disposable face coverings to be worn in all public buildings (age 2 and older). 




As a COVID-19 prevention courtesy, please keep 6 ft of distance from other visitors as you enter and proceed through the galleries.  Waiting areas adjacent to elevators, smaller galleries, and exits have additional signs marking safe distances. Gallery capacity is also posted. If you encounter a gallery at capacity, please wait to enter.

Please stand at a safe distance from paintings and pedestals and do not touch the art or the cases. The care you take helps to preserve the art for all.

Follow arrows and posted signs to explore areas that are open to visitors. Some galleries may be closed for installation or cleaning.




Personal Care

  • Please wash your hands often, following public health best practices.
  • Public restrooms are available on the first floor of the Bow Gallery and in the lower level lobby across from the KAM Auditorium.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are in public spaces throughout the museum.


Facility Notes


  • Krannert Art Museum has instituted measures to ensure cleaning of public spaces and high-touch surfaces.
  • At times, gallery spaces, stairwells, elevators, restrooms, and classrooms may be closed for cleaning. They may also be reserved at times for teaching. Please see posted signs for gallery closures.
  • Due to COVID-19 protocols, all interactive displays, including Art You Can Touch in the Giertz Education Center, are closed until further notice.
  • The café is closed to the public at this time.




Please ask at the desk if you require staff to wear D/HH-friendly face coverings. They will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Elevators are located on the south side of the Peabody lobby just inside the glass doors and on the southwest end of the Bow Gallery near the restrooms.  As a COVID-19 precaution, use of elevators is temporarily reserved for those who need them as a mobility or accessibility aid. Only 1-2 passengers should ride on the elevator at a time. Please sanitize or wash your hands before and after riding the elevator.

Seated walkers are available and should be sanitized before and after each use. Please ask an attendant to check out this item.

Portable stools are available in the galleries. Sanitizing wipes are available for visitors to clean these items before and after use.

Loanable technology, such as assistive listening devices or noise-reducing headphones, will be sanitized before and after each use. Please ask an attendant to check out these items.

If you need assistance during your visit, please ask a gallery attendant at any time. More accessibility information is at

Service Animals

Trained service animals are welcome in all spaces throughout the museum.

Other supervised and leashed domesticated animals are allowed only outside of the building.



We encourage you to leave bulky items at home or in your car. Small bags, purses, backpacks, and other items may be carried at your side safely and carefully.

Please close and tie wet umbrellas before entering the galleries. On rainy days, umbrella bags may be available at the entrances to keep the floors dry and safe for all.

Lockers are available at the Peabody entrance.



There is no eating and drinking in the galleries; please enjoy food and drink in the Link or garden only.



Visitors may sketch and write in the galleries, using pencil and paper. Please respect other visitors to the galleries and take your time to enjoy the art.

Unless otherwise posted, you may take photos for personal or educational use (no flash, please). Please respect the copyright of artists and designers whose work is on display.

Tripod use, commercial photography, and videotaping are allowed only with staff permission. To make a request, please email us.



The University of Illinois is a 100% smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. All tobacco use, including smoking, non-combustible tobacco use, and vape is prohibited on any campus property. For more information, visit Tobacco-Free Campus Policy.

No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted inside the museum or on the grounds.



We encourage you to call the front desk at 217-244-0745 during museum hours if you have questions or need additional assistance.

For assistance during your visit, please ask a gallery attendant at any time.

For professional photo/video permissions or other questions, please email us.