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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 the 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 the 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 and special topic tours, call the MIA Tour Office at (612) 870-3140. A tour of 15 people maximum per guide will be charged a fee of $125. For a special exhibition tour, call the MIA Ticketing Office at (612) 870-3000. Special exhibition admission fees vary by exhibition. 

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. Book tours are only available for the book selected for the current month.
  • 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 2015

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

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan

What I Loved: a Novel by Siri Hustvedt

Neither Wolf Nor Dog, by Kent Nerburn


Download a list of the 2015 book tours »



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)