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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



Mysteries of the Ancient World

Unlock mysteries of the ancient world through works of art that tell us about survival in this world and the next. Compare and contrast works made in Africa, the Americas, Asia, or Europe with ancient objects from Near Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.

Bowl with lotus petals, 2015.79.483


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, golden folding screens, and luminous celadon vessels. (No tour during Art in Bloom, April 28-30.)

Monet, Seashore at Sainte-Adresse, 53.13


Impressionism: Breaking the Rules

Impressionist art, beloved and popular today, was revolutionary in its own time! Discover how artists such as Monet, Renoir, Morisot, Degas, and others “broke the rules” of traditional art to capture the eye-dazzling effects of light, atmosphere and movement, in new and fresh ways. (No tour during Art in Bloom, May 1.)

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.