Guided Tours

Virtual Public Tours

Discover the museum on a virtual tour with the help of our trained tour guides. Look for a new topic exploring Mia’s permanent collection every month. Tours are free, but registration is required. While the tours are free, we extend a pay-what-you-wish donation opportunity to participants to support the museum. Virtual tours take place on Zoom.
View upcoming tour topics and times here.

Private Tours

Private tours are unavailable through December 2021. To learn more about Mia’s public Current Conversations Tours.

Virtual Book Tours

Virtual tours, facilitated by Mia guides, will relate works of art to popular books. A new book will be presented each month. Tours are free, but registration is required. This is a virtual tour that will take place over Zoom.  View upcoming book selections and tour times and learn how to register for a virtual tour. While the tours are free, we extend a pay-what-you-wish donation opportunity to participants to support the museum. Please review our Virtual Tour Guidelines.

Self-Guided Tours

If you have a group of 10 or more people (including yourself), please call or email our contact center prior to your visit, at 612.870.3000 or visit@artsmia.org. If your group arrives at the museum without pre-registering, you will need to fill out a self-guided tour form at the front desk before taking your group into the galleries.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual tour?

 
A virtual tour is a real-time (synchronous) experience facilitated by a Mia tour guide on the Zoom digital platform. We expect participants to have basic familiarity with using Zoom. Your guide will invite you to look closely at artworks and ask open-ended questions to help you make connections and engage in conversation.

How do I request a private tour?

 
Private tours are unavailable through December 2021. Information about requesting private tours for 2022will be available soon.

Which tour topics can I choose from?

 
We offer a variety of tour topics. View our current offerings here.

When do virtual tours happen?

 
Virtual tours take place between 10:00AM and 3:00PM, Tuesday through Sunday. The last tour each day will begin no later than 2:00PM.

What happens when I book my group tour?

 
Once the virtual tour is booked, a confirmation will be emailed to the requestor, confirming the scheduled tour date and time. Your assigned tour guide will contact you via email 1-2 weeks prior to the scheduled tour date to discuss the tour.
A video call invitation, for either Google Meet or Zoom, (whichever you specified on the tour request form), will be sent one week prior to the tour date. We ask that group leaders share these link details with all participants. Thank you!

What happens on the day of my tour?

 
Tours will start at the appointed time. You will be admitted from the virtual waiting room at the start time.

Do I need to do anything after my tour?

 
To help us gauge the effectiveness of our new virtual tours, we will follow your tour with an evaluation survey and a pay-as-you-wish donation request. We ask the group leader to forward the survey and donation request to those who attended the tour. Your feedback is very important to us as we are committed to refining virtual tours as we learn from our visitors.

Are self-guided tours allowed?

 
If you have a group of 10 or more people (including yourself), please call or email our contact center prior to your visit, at 612.870.3000 or visit@artsmia.org. If your group arrives at the museum without pre-registering, you will need to fill out a self-guided tour form at the front desk before taking your group into the galleries.

What if I need to cancel my virtual tour?

 
If you need to cancel your tour, email tours@artsmia.org as soon as possible so we may extend the opportunity to another group.