Discover / Guided Tours

Public Guided Tours

Discover the museum with the help of our trained tour guides. Free one-hour public tours are offered daily. Topics range from special exhibitions to treasures of the MIA’s permanent collection. Feel free to join the tours at any point, and stay as long as you like.

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Private Guided Tours

Request a tour for a group of 10 or more. Pick from one of our most popular topics or together we can create a tour topic of your own. To get started, call (612) 870-3140.

A tour of 15 people maximum per guide will be charged a fee of $125.  Special Exhibition admission may also apply.

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Book Tours

Participate in lively discussions of works of art related to popular books, facilitated by a museum guide.

FREE public tours: Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Drop in; no reservation necessary.


Private tours: You choose the book, day, and time. Call (612) 870-3140 (fee charged).

Book selections for public tours:

The Things They Carried
by Tim O’Brien

A History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage

The Art Forger
by Barbara Shapiro

The Gift of Rain
by Tan Twan Eng

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life
by Ada Louise Huxtable

Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
by Mary Sharratt

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Experiential Tours

A Feast for the Eyes: Highlights of the MIA’s world class collection

Nourish your creativity, spirit, and imagination at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). Tempt your artistic taste buds with visual delights from throughout time and around the globe. Learn the fascinating stories of these objects, the artists, and the emotions they evoke.

The MIA, home to one of the finest encyclopedic art collections in the country, houses more than 80,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of world history. Let us create the tasting menu. We’ll serve up experiences you’ve never had in an art museum—and make you hungry for more!

For more information and to reserve this experience, call the MIA tour office: (612) 870-3140.

For printable information about this tour: Experiential Tour (pdf)

School Tours

Bring your class to the MIA! Learn more or request a tour online.