School Tours

Give your students an artful experience! Bring your class to Mia!

Onsite Mia Guide-led tours are available starting January through June 2022. All student tours, ages preschool-grade 12 and university, are FREE! Tours last 45-60 minutes and engage your students in close looking and discussion. Please review our Virtual Tour Guidelines before your tour.

Request a Tour

Onsite school tours for student groups, ages preschool-grade 12 and university, are not available Fall 2021 but will begin January 2022. We have many other opportunities for engaging your students with Mia’s collection, including Art Schoolpre-recorded tours and self-guided virtual activities.

Tour Topics

We offer a variety of tours. Click here to learn more about our current tour offerings. Updated offerings will be available Fall 2021.

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.

Pre-recorded Tours

Pre-recorded virtual tours provide an alternative way to connect with Mia’s collection when you are unable to visit the galleries in person. Each of the videos invite you to look closely, respond to questions in your mind or with others, and to use your imagination to draw your own pictures related to the art! These videos were created for K-5 students, but learners of all ages can enjoy them. To view pre-recorded tours, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual tour?

A virtual tour is a real-time (synchronous) tour experience facilitated by a Mia tour guide using Zoom or Google Meet. Your guide will invite students to look closely at artworks in slides, and ask open-ended questions to help them make connections and engage in conversations.

How do I request a virtual tour?

School tours are currently unavailable. More information about fall tours will be available soon.

When do virtual school tours happen?

Onsite Mia Guide-led tours for student groups, ages preschool-grade 12 and university, are available starting January 2022. Museum hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00 pm.

What happens when I book my tour?

Once your virtual tour is booked, a confirmation will be emailed to the requestor confirming the scheduled tour date and time.

A tour guide will contact you by email 1-2 weeks before the tour. This will be a good time to discuss your classroom goals or themes so that you and we know what to expect. This would also be a good time to let us know how your students engage in conversations and if there are any requests for accommodation.

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.

How do I contact the Tours Office?

To contact the tours office, email tours@artsmia.org

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.

How do I book a virtual tour for a university group?

Use the same virtual tour request form to select a topic, date and time. Click here to complete the virtual tour request form.

Self-Guided Tour Resources

Mia also has self-guided tour activities available for groups and individuals. Click here to learn more and explore the resources.

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