School Tours

Give your students an artful experience – virtually!

Requesting a virtual tour is easy.
Bring your class to Mia virtually! We will not be offering in-museum tours this year, and are excited to offer virtual tours for you and your students. All virtual tours are FREE! Tours will last 30 to 45 minutes and engage your students in close looking and discussion. Please review our Virtual Tour Guidelines before your tour.

Request a Tour

Requesting a tour is easy. Simply pick your tour topic from the list below and complete the virtual tour request form. Click here to complete the virtual tour request form. A minimum of six weeks advance notice is needed to schedule virtual tours. Spring tours are full. We are currently accepting tour requests for mid-June and summer. We have many other opportunities for engaging your students with Mia’s collection, including live virtual art lessons every Tuesdaypre-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.

Self-Guided Tours

For the health and safety of visitors and staff, Mia is not currently able to accommodate self-guided tour groups in the museum. If your group has 10 or more people please plan to attend the museum virtually with some of our online resources. To request a free virtual tour for your group, click here to fill out the tour request form. To learn more about Mia’s learning and teaching resources, click here.

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?

Click here to complete our virtual tour request form where you can select your topic and preferred dates and times. A minimum of six weeks advance notice is needed to schedule virtual tours. Due to their popularity, we have limited availability starting in April and May.

When do virtual school tours happen?

Virtual tours for school groups take place between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday. The last tour each day will begin no later than 2:00 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 or distance learning situation 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 virtual conversations (chat, raising hand, jumping in, etc).

Depending on your school’s security settings, you might need to send us a link to your Zoom or Google meeting the morning of the tour. If you are providing the virtual tour link (Zoom or Google Meet), please let the tour guide know this when you discuss your tour. If Mia is providing the virtual tour link, you will receive a Google calendar invitation one week prior to your tour that will contain the link. If your students will be logging into the tour individually, please share this link with them in advance.

What happens on the day of my tour?

On the day of your tour, your tour guide will check in with you for a tech check to make sure your and our technology are working. We have built 5 minutes into the tour time for this check.
When everyone is ready, the guide will check in with all of the students and then engage them in a conversational tour, which will last roughly 30-45 minutes.

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 via email. Your feedback is very important to us as we are committed to refining virtual tours as we learn from you and other educators.

Are self-guided tours allowed?

For the health and safety of visitors and staff, Mia is not currently able to accommodate self-guided tour groups in the museum. If your group has 10 or more people please plan to attend the museum virtually with some of our online resources. To request a free virtual tour for your group, click here to fill out the tour request form. To learn more about Mia’s learning and teaching resources, click here.

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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