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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 Mia’s permanent collection. Feel free to join the tours at any point, and stay as long as you like.

School Tours

Bring your class to Mia! Whether your tour is guided or self guided please place an online request to assure availability for your group.  School Groups may request a free guided or self-guided tour online.

Private Guided Tours

Private, guided tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions are available for groups of 10 or more. Pick from one of our most popular topics, or together we can create a tour topic of your very own. For permanent collection, special topics, and special exhibition tours please call the Tour Office: (612) 870-3140. A tour of 15 people maximum per guide will be charged a fee of $125 for permanent collection tour. Special exhibition admission fees vary by exhibition. 

Group Guidelines and Responsibilites for Self Guided Visits for Adults

Book Tours

Adult 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., Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m., and the third Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. Drop in; no reservation necessary. Public book tours are only available for the book selected for the current month.

Book Selections for Public Tours 2016

April | A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman

May | The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

June | The Chosen by Chaim Potok

July | Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

August | The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Janiel James Brown

September | Euphoria by Lily King

October | Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

November | The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

December | Empress Orchid by  Anchee Min


Private Book Club Tours

Your group selects the book, day, and time. We customize a tour especially for you. See the list below, or we will be happy to discuss other selections.  Special rate: $75 for up to 20 people. Call (612) 870-3140 to reserve.

After the tour, receive a coupon for 20% off on food and beverages at Agra Culture at Mia.

Choose from our “Top 10” list of visitor favorites!

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Fiona J.M. Aitken
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
  • The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach


Youth Book Tours

Books + Art + You = Summer Fun!
Drop in: Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. Tours last one hour.
Connect the chapter books you love with artworks from Mia’s collection.
Gain a better understanding of the story, the art—and even yourself! 

Youth Book Tours 2016

Book Selections for Youth Tours 2016

June | From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

July | Flora & Ulyssess by Kate DiCamillo

August | Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin



Experiential Tours

A Feast for the Eyes: Highlights of Mia’s World-class Collection

Nourish your creativity, spirit, and imagination at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. 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.

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 tour office: (612) 870-3140.

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