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Tour Topics

Enjoy the diverse collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Art by participating in an interactive, one-hour guided group tour. These are our most popular tour topics, but we are happy to customize a tour based on your interests. To schedule a private group tour call the MIA Tour Office at 612-870-3140. To request a K-12 tour complete this on-line form.

Tour of the Month

Raffaelo Monti, Veiled Lady, 70.60

Raffaelo Monti, Veiled Lady, 70.60


Mysteries in the Museum

How did an artist make solid marble look transparent? Solve mysteries posed by art works by looking carefully for clues that reveal their meaning. Find answers by considering “what’s going on in this picture?”

Corot, Springtime of Life, 49.2


A Splendid Legacy: Minnesota Collectors and Their Stories

In our 100th birthday year, learn how Minnesota collectors have generously enhanced the museum’s permanent collection. Hear stories about Mia’s acquisition of some of our most treasured works of art.

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2011.12a,b


Contemporary World Art

Discover works of art with a global perspective from the late 20th century until now. See how traditions and cultural practices—ranging from past to present—inform what artists create today.

Why is the Sky Yellow? Artists’ Choices

How does an artist’s choice of color affect the work created? See how artists use colors, lines, textures, or shapes in countless variations to create unique works of art. Focus on one or more elements while exploring a wide range of media, cultures and time periods.

A Taste of Asia

Whet your appetite with a sample of Asian arts from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. See works from the Institute’s world-renowned collection, including ancient bronzes, tomb and temple sculptures, a Chinese scholar’s library and rock garden, ink paintings, and the Jade Mountain.

Safari through Art

Bring the whole family to search for real and imaginary animals in works of art from around the world. The tour invites children to share what they see and know about animals and their habits. Explore how humans and animals interact, and hear stories where animals play a role.

Absolutely Fabulous: Highlights of the MIA’s Collection

View ‘the best of the best’ of the celebrated works in the MIA’s world-renowned collections. From an Egyptian mummy to master paintings and sculptures, you won’t want to miss out on these ‘must-see’ pieces.