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.
  • NEW Book Lover’s private tours: Your group selects the book, day, and time. We customize a tour especially for you. Special rate: $75 for up to 20 people. Call (612) 870-3140.

Book Selections for Public Tours 2014-15

Encore! Book Tour: Downton Abbey Weekend

Intrigued by the scandalous loves and lives of Downton Abbey? Join in an Encore! Book Tour for one of the most popular titles we’ve done: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. Written by the 8th Countess of Carnarvon, this biographical story throws open the doors of the now-famous Highclere Castle, and invites us inside to meet the real family and their servants. We’ll have a lively discussion about works of art related to the true stories behind Downton Abbey. If you like, come dressed for the occasion!

Saturday, February 21 at 2:30 pm or Sunday, February 22 at 2:30 pm

Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


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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.