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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.
  • NEW Book Lovers 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

Download a list of the 2015 book tours »

November | What I Loved: a Novel by Siri Hustvedt

December | Rez Life by David Treuer

Book Selections for Public Tours 2016

January | The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

February | Emma by Jane Austen

March | The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

April | A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman

May | The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

June | The Chosen by Chaim Potok


Youth Book Tours

Coming summer 2016! Participate in exciting, youth-centered discussions of works of art related to popular books. These free one-hour tours are facilitated by museum guides. Starting June 1, tours begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays andFriday. Look for a list of book titles to be posted spring 2016. 

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)