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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

Group Guidelines and Responsibilites for 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.

Book Selections for Public Tours 2017 – 2018

October | The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

November | Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun

December | Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King

January | News of the World by Paulette Jiles

February | Perla by Carolina De Robertis

March | The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered by Michele Raffin

April | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

May | River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler

June | A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Private Book Club Tours

Your group selects the book, day, and time. We customize a tour especially for you. See the list below, or we will be happy to consider other possible selections.  Special rate: $75 for up to 20 people. Call (612) 870-3140 to reserve.

After the tour, receive a coupon for 20% off on food and beverages at Agra Culture at Mia.

Choose from our list of visitor favorites:

  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Fiona J.M. Aitken
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
  • The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach


Youth Book Tours

Books + Art + You = Summer Fun!
Drop in: Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. Tours last one hour.
Connect the chapter books you love with artworks from Mia’s collection.
Gain a better understanding of the story, the art—and even yourself! 

Youth Book Tours

Book Selections for Youth Tours 2017

June | A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

July | Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

August | A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park



Try It Tours

A Feast for the Eyes: Highlights of Mia’s World-class Collection

Ever been tempted to touch the art?

Or play dress-up in the galleries?

Want to hear tantalizing stories behind the objects?

This is your chance to experience a museum tour with a twist. Curated with an eye for intrigue and delight, Try It Tours serve up experiences you’ve never had in an art museum. Guides practiced in the art of storytelling bring the art to life in new ways, inspiring your sense of wonder and igniting your curiosity. We don’t want to give away the surprises—but be prepared for anything!

Group size: 15–30; $20 per person

To reserve this 90-minute experience for your group, call 612.870.3140 at least one month in advance.

For printable information about this tour: Try It Tour