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.

  • January: Going Global Marvel at stunning artistic achievements spanning centuries of trade and travel
  • February: Celebration of African American Art History Discover African American Artists’ contributions to art history in the United States
  • March: Slow Down and Look Look closely to deepen your understanding and appreciation of art
  • April: The Force of Nature Explore the awesome power of nature as expressed by artists of many times and places
  • May: Points of View Express yourself while viewing art from multiple perspectives
  • June: The Search for Belonging Examine the challenges and rewards of belonging in a changing world

School Tours

Bring your class to Mia! School Groups may request a free guided or self-guided tour. Please submit an online tour request to assure availability for your group. Learn more about school tours.

Private Guided Tours

Private, guided tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions are available for groups of 10 or more. We can custom design a tour for your group on almost any topic. 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 $150 for a permanent collection tour. Special exhibition admission fees vary by exhibition.


Adult Book Tours

Join lively discussions of art works related to popular books, facilitated by a museum guide.

FREE public tours: Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m., and third Sundays of every month at 3 p.m. Drop in; no reservation necessary. Public tours are only available for the book listed for the current month.

  • January Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
  • February Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah
  • March The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See
  • April Population:485-Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, Michael Perry
  • May White Houses, Amy Bloom
  • June Doc, Mary Doria Russell

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:

  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • 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
  • 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

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