Docent-Guided Tour of Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-Century Europe

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Brought to you by a Homeschool Adventures volunteer organizer!

Please register by: 10:00 pm on Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Please plan to meet the group’s docent in the atrium of the Target Wing at 10:15am for our 10:30am tour. To be clear, the group is NOT meeting in the main 3rd Ave entrance area between MIA and CTC.

Directions to Target Wing's atrium: First check your backpacks and oversized bags (and coats) at MIA’s free coat check (through the doors to your right from the main 3rd Ave entrance area between MIA and CTC). Then return to entrance area between MIA and CTC and walk outside through the doors (now on your right) on the opposite side from 3rd Ave, walk straight across Target Park and then through the doors into the Target Wing's atrium. See the first floor map (PDF) if you haven't been to this atrium before.

“‘Instagram’ for 18th-Century Tourists” — The Atlantic

Description: In the 1700s, historic events and sights were documented by view painters. Commissioned by princes, popes, and ambassadors, such artists recorded memorable moments first hand, ranging from the Venetian carnival to an eruption of Vesuvius. This first-ever exhibition on the golden age of view-painting includes over 50 scenes of historic events. Turning the beholder into an eyewitness, these paintings, many never seen before in America, bring the spectacle of the past to life. Features key works from leading view painters, including Canaletto, Bellotto, Robert, Panini, and Guardi.

Teens and parents are encouraged do some preparation before the tour so as to get the most from this exhibit:

  1. Exhibit website at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
  2. Teachers Guide (PDF) from the Minneapolis Institute of Art
  3. Press release (PDF) from the Minneapolis Institute of Art
  4. ‘Instagram’ for 18th-Century Tourists, by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell in The Atlantic, May 25, 2017.
  5. Audio tour from the J. Paul Getty Museum
  6. Exhibit website at the J. Paul Getty Museum

MIA Policies

  • Do not touch the works of art. Stay at least a foot away and refrain from leaning on the walls or display cases.
  • Keep voices low.
  • Food, beverages, and chewing gum are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Running and rough play are prohibited.
  • Only pencils may be used in the galleries: please, keep pens and markers at home.
  • Use a clipboard or notebook when writing or sketching in the galleries; refrain from using the walls or display cases as support.
  • Backpacks and oversized bags are not permitted in the galleries. Bags may be checked at MIA’s free coat check. (Medical packs are permitted.)

You may continue touring without the docent at the conclusion of our tour provided that at least 1 adult stays with each group of students. However, once you exit the Special Exhibition area, you will not be able to re-enter. Our docent will be happy to give you directions to the areas that interest you. The organizer and her son plan to continue touring until hunger motivates them toward Agra Culture Restaurant on the mezzanine level for lunch.

Target grade level: This docent-led tour is targeted to students in 8th-10th grades.

Cost per child/student: free
Cost per adult/educator: free

Registration: register online at
Registration help can be found at

Sibling policy: The MIA's Family Center is a drop-in space where parents and younger siblings may enjoy kid-friendly books and toys or just let off a little energy.
Parent/guardian/educator policy: Adult supervision is not provided. Parents who drop off their teens affirm and acknowledge that their teenagers are capable to being responsible for themselves.

No more than one adult per family please. There is room for only 5 adults on this free Education Tour. Unfortunately, the registration system doesn't distinguish between ticket types, so if you register for an adult ticket that is not available, the organizer will let you know.

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