Accessibility and Specialized Tours

Mia is dedicated to providing equal access to its collections and programs. Visitors can join free public tours at various times daily, no reservations required. Topics are prearranged, and may feature an area of the permanent collection or a smaller special exhibition. Major special exhibitions require tickets, and reservations are recommended. Click here for more information about public tours, or call (612) 870-3000 (voice) or email tours@artsmia.org.

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Private Tours

You are welcome to request a private tour on a topic of your choice. All tours are custom-designed to meet your needs and interests. Call the Tour Scheduling Office at (612) 870-3140 at least four weeks in advance to make arrangements for a private tour. You will receive written confirmation of your reservation.

  • Visitors using wheelchairs may arrange individual or small group tours.
  • Visitors who have memory loss, their friends, and care partners may request Discover Your Story tours. We are proud to offer three Social Narratives for members of the neurodiverse community.
  • Visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing may arrange individual or small group tours. The museum provides three types of services:
    • ASL Interpreter: An ASL interpreter can be requested free of charge for any private tour.
    • Assisted Listening Devices: The museum’s assisted listening devices are available by request.
    • Verbal Descriptions of Artwork:  detailed explanations of artwork for people who are blind or have low vision. Audio can be found on our verbal descriptions page or by checking out an iPod at the 3rd Avenue and 24th street entrances (Note: the 24th street entrance is closed from October through May).

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Touch Tours

Visitors who are blind or have low vision may request an individual guided tour. The tours include three-dimensional objects you can touch as well as paintings to explore through verbal description, essence boards, and tactile diagrams. During “touch tours,” the tour guide and visitor wear gloves to examine together pre-selected works of sculpture and decorative arts. Essence boards provide tactile information about certain aspects of a work of art, such as texture, pattern, and shape. To explore objects using tactile diagrams, the visitor touches a raised physical “map” of the work while the tour guide provides precise visual description. Mia currently has tactile diagrams for two artworks: Olive Trees by Vincent van Gogh and Scenes of Plains Indian Life by Cadzi Cody. Please call (612) 870-3140 for more information or to schedule a tour.

ASL-Interpreted Tours

Free public tours are interpreted for people who are deaf or hard of hearing on the first Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. Exceptions are noted in the dates and times given below. Call Visitor Experience staff at (612) 870-6323 if you have questions, or send an email inquiry to dhegstrom@artsmia.org. Tours begin by the Information Bar in Mia’s upper lobby except as noted differently below.

  • December 2 Winterlights at the Purcell-Cutts House (2:30 p.m. at the house; take 2:15 p.m. shuttle from Mia’s 3rd Ave entrance)
  • December 6 Winterlights: Celebrating the Season (7 p.m.; Meets in 2nd floor rotunda)

Make a Private Tour Reservation

Call the Tour Scheduling Office at (612) 870-3140 at least four weeks in advance to make arrangements for a private tour. You will receive written confirmation of your reservation.

School Tours

All services mentioned are also available for students with disabilities. Visit our online school tour request form, or call (612) 870-3140 to request a form. Please indicate all requests for accommodation on the form.