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.
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 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.
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.
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
January | West With the Night by Beryl Markham
Febuary | Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
March | My Antonia by Willa Cather
April | Geography of Genius: a Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley by Eric Weiner
May | Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
June | LaRose by Louise Erdrich
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!
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!
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
Ever been tempted to touch the art?
Or play dress-up in the galleries?
Want to hear tantalizing stories behind the objects?
This is your chance to experience a museum tour with a twist. Curated with an eye for intrigue and delight, Try It Tours serve up experiences you’ve never had in an art museum. Guides practiced in the art of storytelling bring the art to life in new ways, inspiring your sense of wonder and igniting your curiosity. We don’t want to give away the surprises—but be prepared for anything!
Group size: 15–30; $20 per person
To reserve this 90-minute experience for your group, call 612.870.3140 at least one month in advance.
For printable information about this tour: Try It Tour
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
(808) MIA-ARTS (642-2787) (Toll Free)
Tickets: (612) 870-3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org