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
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Kindergarten: Weather and Seasons
Sort pictures, explore colors, play “I spy” and draw a picture of yourself.
First 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.
Second grade: Plants
Explore scientific and imaginary plants in art from around the world, measure, and draw your own still life-bugs optional!
Third 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.
Fourth grade: The Design Process-Chairs
Use the design process-ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve-to sketch a unique chair for someone you know.
Fifth 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.
ARTFUL STORIES: A PRESCHOOL TOUR EXPERIENCE
You are never too young to 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: https://new.artsmia.org/visit/plan-your-trip/tours/request-a-tour-online/
After your Artful Stories tour, download a follow-up worksheet:
Animal Adventure, Art and the Alphabet, Artful Opposites, Color Mixing, Colors, Feelings and Emotions, Growing a Garden, Hide and Seek, Insects and Symmetry, Picturing a Postcard, Pretty Patterns, Self-Portrait, Shape and Color