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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

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November

How was it Made?

How did they make that and why? Learn how geography, beliefs, needs, materials, and technology affect the creation of works of art in different times and places. Discover what these objects reveal about the lives of the people who made them and how they were used.


Dreidel

December

Winterlights: Celebrating the Season

Winter holidays encompass Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Dewali, New Year’s, Eid Milad an-Nabi, Bodhi Day, and more. Celebrate the season with objects from the permanent collection that tell the stories of festivities around the world.


Kichizan Minchō (1352–1431) Monju Bosatsu Muromachi period, early 15th century Hanging scroll, ink and gold on paper 32 1/4 × 14 in.  Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation

Kichizan Minchō (1352–1431)
Monju Bosatsu
Muromachi period, early 15th century
Hanging scroll, ink and gold on paper
32 1/4 × 14 in.
Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation

January

Gifts from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection

See masterpieces of Japanese and Korean art bequeathed to Mia from the collection of St. Paul native Mary Griggs Burke. Among them are stunning ink paintings, folding screens of hollyhocks and plum trees, and a luminous celadon vessel inlaid with an image of a crane amid clouds.

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.