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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Field Trips | Getting There

MIA inspires wonder with extraordinary exhibitions and one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country. From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, 40,000-year-old artifacts to world-famous masterpieces, MIA links the past to the present and enables global conversations.


Field trips

MIA offers student groups free docent-guided and self-guided tours of the museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions. 

Docent-guided tours:

  • FREE docent-guided tours for K-12th grade are offered Tuesday through Friday.
     
  • Docent-guided tours start at 10am, 10:30am, 11:15am, or 12pm.
     
    • Most docents request that you meet them 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.
       
  • Docent-guided tours last 1 hour.
     
  • Group size:
     
    • Each docent-guided group must have a minimum of 10 individuals (students and adult educators/chaperones).
       
    • 1 docent is assigned for every 15 group members.
       
    • Each docent-guided group must include a minimum of 1 adult educator/chaperone.
       
    • There have been varying reports of the maximum child:adult ratio over the years, but 2:1 is generally regarded as acceptable and 10 students plus 5 adults nicely fills out that 15 individuals per docent number.
       
    • A single organizer may schedule tours for up to 75 individuals (students and adult educators/chaperones), or up to 5 docents.
       
  • Reservations: Reservations are required in advance. Request to schedule a docent-guided tour online at new.artsmia.org/discover/school-tours/
     
    • Requests for docent-guided tours for Pre-K through Grade 12 should be made a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of your first preferred tour date. (It is possible to ask for and be granted a tour with less lead time, if a docent is available and willing.)
       
    • You will be asked to provide 4 preferred tour dates and times. You may provide fewer but doing so may reduce your chances of securing a docent-guided tour.
       
    • You will received a docent-guided tour confirmation via mail (not email) informing you of your assigned date and time. This usually arrives very quickly, within a few days of submitting your online request.
       
      • If you do not receive this letter, you may call the tour office at 612-870-3140, but you should not use this number to initiate a docent-guided tour request.
         
  • A docent will contact you via email or phone one week before your tour (or even earlier) to discuss further details of your guided tour with you. Your docent will usually want to know:
     
    • The grades / ages of the students.
       
    • Any particular focus or content you wish for the tour.
       
    • Any accommodations for special needs, including mobility and accessibility.
       
  • Most docents appreciate it if you have name badges for your group members as it makes it easier for docents to communicate with individual students.
     
  • For most docent-guided tours, you will meet your docent in the atrium of the Target Wing.
     
    • Directions: First check your backpacks, 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 the entrance area between MIA and CTC and walk outside through the doors (now on your right) on the opposite side from 3rd Ave (if you didn't have a bag or coat to check, these door are directly opposite the entrance doors from 3rd Ave). Walk straight across Target Park and then through the doors into the Target Wing's atrium. Museum staff member will be able to give you directions. (Map of first floor (PDF).)
       
  • Docents will expect to return your group to the atrium at the conclusion of the 1-hour tour unless you inform them in advance that you wish to continue touring without the docents afterwards. (In that case, your docent will be happy to give you directions to the areas that interest your group.)
     
    • All students must be in the company of an adult educator/chaperone at all times.
       
    • Once you exit the Special Exhibition area, you will not be able to re-enter (without purchasing admission).
       
  • The regular ticket price for special exhibitions can be $20 or more, and availability of free docent-guided tours is limited, so make your request early.
     

Self-guided tours:

  • If you prefer not to have a docent, free self-guided tours for student groups can also be scheduled. Self-guided Tours start at 10:15am, 10:45am, 11:30am, or 12:15pm, Tuesday through Friday.
     
  • Self-guided tours are designed to be 1 hour in length.
     
  • Once you exit the Special Exhibition area, you will not be able to re-enter (without purchasing admission).
     
  • Self-guided tours are entirely self-directed; no docents will be assigned to your group.
     
  • Group size:
     
    • Self-guided tour must include a minimum of 10 individuals (students and adult educators/chaperones) per group.
       
    • Each tour group must include a minimum of 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students, as well as a minimum of 1 adult chaperone per sub-group.
       
      • All students must be in the company of an adult educator/chaperone at all times.
         
  • Reservations: Reservations are required in advance. Request to schedule a self-guided tour online at new.artsmia.org/discover/school-tours/
     
    • Requests for self-guided tours for Pre-K through Grade 12 should be made a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of your first preferred tour date. (It is possible to ask for and be granted a self-guided tour with less lead time.)
       
    • You will received a self-guided tour confirmation via mail (not email) informing you of your assigned date and time. This usually arrives very quickly, within a few days of submitting your online request.
       
      • If you do not receive this letter, you may call the tour office at 612-870-3140, but you should not use this number to initiate a self-guided tour request.
         

MIA Policies

  • Do not touch the works of art.
     
  • Stay at least a foot away from the works of art.
     
  • 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, leave 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.)
     
  • Adult educators/chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their groups at all times.
     

Getting there

Parking information: The parking ramp is directly south of the CTC-MIA complex. The ramp entrances are located on 3rd Ave S between E 24th St and E 25th St. There is a surface lot directly across the street from the ramp with an entrance on 3rd Ave S and another on E 25th St. There is an additional lot northeast of the museum with entrances on 3rd Ave S, E 24th St, and Clinton Ave S.

Parking is $5 for the first 2 hours and $1 for each additional hour with a daily maximum or lost ticket fee of $12. Please follow instructions at the pay stations. Be aware that there is a possibility of event rates.

More information and a map can be found at new.artsmia.org/visit/parking/

Directions:

From the east on I-94 West (from St. Paul), exit at 11th St and follow 11th St exit to the second stoplight. Turn left onto 3rd Ave S. Continue on 3rd Ave until you see the MIA on your right, just south of the intersection of E 24th St and 3rd Ave S.

From Downtown Minneapolis, drive south on 3rd Ave (away from the Mississippi River) until you see the MIA on your right, just south of the intersection of E 24th St and 3rd Ave S.

From the west on I-394 East (from St Louis Park), exit on 12th St and drive 4 blocks, turn right on La Salle Ave. Take La Salle to Franklin Ave and turn left on Franklin and proceed to 3rd Ave S. Turn right on 3rd Ave and proceed to the MIA.

From the north and northwest on I-94 East (from St Cloud), take the Hennepin/Lyndale exit. When Hennepin and Lyndale divide, continue on Lyndale Ave S to E 24th St. Turn left and proceed to 3rd Ave S. Turn right onto 3rd Ave.

From the north and east on I-35W South (from Duluth), exit to I-94 West then exit at 11th St and follow 11th St exit to the second stoplight. Turn left onto 3rd Ave S. Continue on 3rd Ave until you see the MIA on your right, just south of the intersection of E 24th St and 3rd Ave S.

From the south on I-35W North (from Rochester), take the 31st St/Lake St exit and turn left onto 31st St. Drive to 1st Ave S and turn right and drive to 24th St and turn right. Proceed to 3rd Ave. Turn right onto 3rd Ave. The entrance to the MIA is on the right.

Additional information and a map can be found at new.artsmia.org/visit/directions/

 


Information subject to change. Please check with Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the most current information. Last updated on Wed, Mar 22, 2017.

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September 10, 2017 – December 31, 2017

In the 1700s, historical 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.

Learn more | Teacher guide (PDF) | School group tours

Scheduling for school group tours (docent-guided and self-guided) is scheduled to open by Friday, August 11, 2017.