Policies and Guidelines

Visitor Policies

Please help us maintain a safe environment for museum visitors and the art.
Enjoy your visit!

Due to Covid 19 prevention policies:

A face mask is required within the museum.

Social distancing is required.

Wheelchairs will be sanitized between each use.

Mia’s Family Center is temporarily closed.

Strollers will be sanitized between each use.

Please, no “baby backpacks.” Strollers are available free at main entrances, and will be wiped down after each use. During busy times, staff may restrict strollers to protect visitors and artwork.

Mia’s coat check is currently unavailable.

For safety reasons, we reserve the right to inspect all items carried into or out of the museum.

General Museum Policies:

Keep a safe distance from artworks.

To protect the art, stay at least one foot away and do not touch the art.

Supervise children at all times.

Observe the No Smoking policy.

Mia is entirely smoke-free.

Observe our photo, video, and sketching guidelines.

Keep food and drink out of the galleries.

Instead, enjoy refreshments in museum cafés. Please note the Family Center will be closed due to Covid-19 policies.

Please note: The museum bans weapons of any type on the premises.

Photographing, Videotaping, and Copying Works of Art

A visit to Mia is filled with memorable moments among wonderful artworks. Here are some ways you can treasure and share highlights from your visit.

May I photograph at Mia?

Yes—with a few precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and artwork. If it’s for personal use, feel free to use your cell phone, still, or video camera. Any of the following requires prior approval:

  • Professional/commercial use
  • Objects on loan, as indicated on the label by “loan,” lent by,” “private collection,” or the name of museum other than Mia; numbers assigned to loaned objects begin with an “L.”

Please go to the Visitor Experience Desk for permission forms.

May I sketch in the galleries?

Absolutely! Just be sure to bring a lapboard or clipboard and use either lead or colored pencils. Also, please keep from using the floors, walls, or pedestals as support for sketching. While in the galleries and packing up to leave, please carry your materials carefully.

May I copy my favorite painting?

To make such a request, please complete the Request Form and send it to the Paintings Department by email (paintings@artsmia.org), mail or drop it off in person. Our mailing address is: Department of Paintings, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

If you have any questions, please call (612) 870-3000 during regular work hours or ask one of our helpful museum guards. Staff at the Security Desk or Visitor Experience Desk will also be happy to assist you.

Personal Information Policy

The Minneapolis Institute of Art shares the names and addresses of its members only with other not-for-profit charitable arts and cultural organizations in the Twin Cities area for the purposes of ticket sales, event promotion, or fund-raising. Mia respects the privacy and personal information of its members. If you prefer to have your name removed from this activity, please contact the Membership office: 612.870.3011; mymia@artsmia.org; or by mail, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Copyright and Image Access

Mia believes everyone should be able to engage with cultural heritage online; it is essential to our museum’s mission to make accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. We want to make it easier for users of our websites to understand what they can do with the images of works of art shared by us.

Read more about Mia’s policies related to copyright and image access.

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Accessibility and Inclusion

Mia believes in making art accessible to all people. Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are among our core values, which are reflected by our trustees, staff, volunteers, and policies.

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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Policy

Mia is committed to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster equity, and empower an accessible and inclusive environment.

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