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.

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.

Tour Topics 

  • Preschool Tours (click here to learn more)
  • Arts of the Ancient World
  • Animals in Art
  • A Celebration of African American Art in History
  • Arts of Africa
  • Arts of Native America
  • Arts of Asia
  • Highlights of Mia’s Collection
  • Arts of Europe
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Visual Elements and Principles
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Partnership (open to MPS Schools, 3rd grade students only)

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.

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.

When do virtual school tours happen?
Virtual tours for school groups take place between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday, beginning on October 15, 2020. 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, you will receive a tour confirmation email including a link to your tour in Zoom or Google Meet, whichever you requested on the form. If your students will be logging in individually, please share this link with them in advance.
Your guide will contact you within 1-2 weeks of the tour if you requested this on the form. They will discuss your classroom or distance learning situation and learn more about how your students engage in virtual conversations (chat, raising hand, jumping in, etc.).

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 for more information.

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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