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Tour Topics

Enjoy the diverse collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Art by participating in an interactive, one-hour guided group tour. These are our most popular tour topics, but we are happy to customize a tour based on your interests. To schedule a private group tour call the MIA Tour Office at 612-870-3140. To request a K-12 tour complete this on-line form.

Tour of the Month


Look Beyond the Label

Art challenges us. Artists make 100s of choices—often without explanation. And the museum label may not help. Join a conversation about how to approach a work of art for better understanding.




The Power and Beauty of Nature

Artists around the world and throughout time have reveled in the “power and beauty” of nature in its many forms. Find your own connections as we consider the colors and fragrance of flowers, the abundance of fields and forests, the serenity of the wilderness, and the awesome forces of wind and water.



The Art of Fashion

In the age of the selfie, appearance is key. Explore the visual language of fashion as expressed in the art of many cultures. Discuss the role of societal norms in how we look. We may even bring up the current “beard invasion!”




lin160722_steam-kindercoverKindergarten: Weather and Seasons

Sort pictures, explore colors, play “I spy” and draw a picture of yourself.

lin160722_steam-firstrcoverFirst grade: Birds and Their Adaptations

Compare pictures of real birds with artworks, measure heights in hummingbirds, make pictures from composite shapes, and draw a bird in its habitat.

lin160722_steam-secondrcoverSecond grade: Plants

Explore scientific and imaginary plants in art from around the world, measure, and draw your own still life-bugs optional!

lin160722_steam-thirdcoverThird grade: Scientific Inquiry-Animals

Observe, inquire, measure, and record as you explore creatures from around the world and make your own scientific drawing of an animal.

lin160722_steam-fourthcoverFourth grade: The Design Process-Chairs

Use the design process-ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve-to sketch a unique chair for someone you know.

lin160722_steam-fifthcoverFifth grade: Architecture

Observe and explore Mia’s architecture and period rooms, solve architectural math problems, and create a floor plan for a building in your neighborhood.

Preschool Tours


You are never too young toPicture1 enjoy Mia! These forty-five minute themed gallery experiences incorporate engagement with artworks in the museum galleries, illustrated storybooks, songs and rhymes, movement, looking and hands-on activities. These lively tours are designed especially for 3- to 5-year-olds. One adult chaperone is required for every 3-5 children on a guided tour.

Artful Stories themes include: Alphabet, Animals, Butterflies, Color, Feelings, Gardens, Hide and Seek, Opposites, Patterns, Primary Colors, and Shapes.

To request an Artful Stories tour:

After your Artful Stories tour, download a follow-up worksheet:

Animal AdventureArt and the AlphabetArtful OppositesColor MixingColorsFeelings and EmotionsGrowing a GardenHide and SeekInsects and SymmetryPicturing a PostcardPretty PatternsSelf-PortraitShape and Color

Why is the Sky Yellow? Artists’ Choices

How does an artist’s choice of color affect the work created? See how artists use colors, lines, textures, or shapes in countless variations to create unique works of art. Focus on one or more elements while exploring a wide range of media, cultures and time periods.

A Taste of Asia

Whet your appetite with a sample of Asian arts from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. See works from the Institute’s world-renowned collection, including ancient bronzes, tomb and temple sculptures, a Chinese scholar’s library and rock garden, ink paintings, and the Jade Mountain.

Safari through Art

Bring the whole family to search for real and imaginary animals in works of art from around the world. The tour invites children to share what they see and know about animals and their habits. Explore how humans and animals interact, and hear stories where animals play a role.

Absolutely Fabulous: Highlights of the MIA’s Collection

View ‘the best of the best’ of the celebrated works in the MIA’s world-renowned collections. From an Egyptian mummy to master paintings and sculptures, you won’t want to miss out on these ‘must-see’ pieces.