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Visitor Policies

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


no-backpacks Refrain from carrying backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas. Instead, make use of the free coat check. For safety reasons, we reserve the right to inspect all items carried into or out of the museum.
no-touch Keep a safe distance from artworks. To protect the art, stay at least one foot away and do not touch the art.
kids-reach Supervise children at all times.
stroller Borrow a stroller. Please, no “baby backpacks.” Strollers are available for free at main entrances. During busy times, staff may restrict strollers to protect visitors and artwork.
no-smoking Observe the No Smoking policy. Mia is entirely smoke-free.
no-food Keep food and drink out of the galleries. Instead, enjoy refreshments in museum cafés and in the Family Center.
no-cell Use cell phones in museum lobbies and cafés only.
pix-guide Observe our photo, video, and sketching guidelines.

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
  • Use of flash photography or tripods
  • 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 Service 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 following form and send it to the Paintings Department by email (, 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.

Form: Request to Copy Works of Art in the Galleries

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 Service Desks 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 at (612) 870-3011;; or by mail, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Website Image Access & Use

Image Permissions

For images for press and publicity, including images for current exhibitions, please contact our Press department.

You may use and share images from our website for noncommercial purposes with attribution to Minneapolis Institute of Art in accordance with our copyright policy. If you require higher resolution images for educational, study and research use, or for scholarly publishing contact Mia Permissions at

For information on the use of image reproductions for commercial publishing and/or other commercial use, please contact our image licensing partners:

Bridgeman Images

We love to hear how Mia images are used. To share your project with us or for additional information about Image Permissions contact:

Mia Permissions

Copyright Policy

Use of text and images in which Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) holds the copyright is permitted, with attribution, under the terms and conditions of a Creative Commons License.

Copyright and other proprietary rights in material on this site may be held by individuals or entities other than or in addition to Minneapolis Institute of Art. Mia does not warrant that the use of materials displayed on this site will not infringe on the rights of third parties, such as artists or artists’ heirs holding the rights to these works. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by “fair use,” as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.

Minneapolis Institute of Art respects the intellectual property rights of others. Mia may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, remove, disable and/or terminate access to any material on or linked to or from this site that it suspects to be infringing upon a third party’s intellectual property rights or other rights.

Mia is continually researching works that are protected under copyright and contacting artists for permission to use their works. If you can provide contact information for the artist or his/her estate, please contact us.

See Image Permissions for information on licensing images for reproduction.