How To Order Walker Art Center Classroom Materials

Please allow two weeks to process your order. There is a $5 per set shipping and handling charge for all orders unless picked up in person. A credit card number is required for all rentals. If items are not returned on time, complete, and in good condition, the credit card will be billed for late fees or replacement costs.

To Order Materials
Print and complete the Classroom Resources Reservation Form (PDF).

Mail to: Walker Art Center, Tours Office, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax to: 612.375.5802


How to Schedule a School Tour of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Give your students an artful experience. Bring your class to the MIA!

Tours are offered: Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday. All tours are FREE and last one hour.

Reservations are required for all school groups. Tour times fill up quickly, so please plan in advance. To request a tour, send in a Tour Request Form (132KB .pdf). Simply download the form, print it out, fill it out, and mail it in.

For tour ideas of the museum’s permanent collection, view a selection of tour topics.

School groups may also take tours of special exhibitions FREE of admission charges.

To reserve a school tour in conjunction with a class visit to the Children’s Theatre Company, use the special MIA/CTC Tour Request Form » (108KB .pdf)

MIA/CTC Tour Topics » (668KB .pdf)
Preschool Tour Request Form » (140KB .pdf)

For more information about school tours of special exhibition visit the Tours page of

Registered Art Adventure schools may book tours using the Art Adventure Tour Request Form (84KB .pdf)  We look forward to seeing you and your students at the MIA!


How to Request a School Tour of the Walker Art Center

Step 1: Plan ahead!
We require at least four weeks advance notice for guided tours and two weeks advance notice for self-guided visits. Tours book quickly for popular exhibitions and spring visits. Please have several choices in mind for your tour date.

More Information

K-12 Guided Tours: Tuesday through Friday from 9 am–5 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 11 am–5 pm.
K-12 Self Guided Visits: Tuesday through Sunday 11 am–5 pm.

The Walker is closed Mondays.

Tour Length:
Guided tours for students in grades 2–12 last one hour. K–1 tours are 45 minutes long. Art Lab tours last two hours for students in grades 2–12. Art Lab tours for grades K–1 are 90 minutes long. We suggest that self-guided group visits last approximately one hour.

Guided tours can be scheduled for groups of 10–90 students, subject to availability. Self-guided visits can be scheduled for 10–60 students, subject to availability. One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. Chaperones are admitted free of charge.

Step 2: Pick a Tour Theme
Select from tour descriptions (click here for tour themes (PDF)), special exhibitions, or ask about a customized tour. Consider adding an art lab activity to your tour. Teachers can preview Walker exhibitions before visiting with their students by calling 612.375.7609 for free passes.

Step 3: Submit your Request

Submit a Tour Request Form or e-mail your request to Please include all required information. You will be contacted by the Walker Tours office to confirm your request. Please note that your tour request is not confirmed until you hear back from us.

Step 4: Arrange for Payment
Payment may be made by check or credit card and is due in full at least one week before the date of the tour. No refunds will be given for fewer participants or cancellations.

Tour Prices
Gallery Tours:

K–12 guided and self-guided groups: $3 per student
Writing through Art Tour: $3 per student
Tour with Art Lab: $8 per student
To qualify for these special school rates, groups must schedule in advance. Schools designated more than 60% free or reduced lunch qualify for discounted or waived fees.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tours:
K–12 guided groups: $3 per student
Tour with Art Lab: $8 per student
Self-guided group visits: Free
To qualify for these special school rates, groups must schedule in advance. Schools designated more than 60% free or reduced lunch qualify for discounted or waived fees.

Tour Guide Bus Fund:

Schools scheduling guided tours of the Walker or Minneapolis Sculpture Garden may apply for bus transportation support through the Walker Art Center Tour Guide Bus Fund. Applications are taken in October for winter/spring tours and in April for the following fall. Download the application (PDF) or contact for details.

Step 5: Pre-tour Checklist

  • Review the information sent in your tour confirmation packet. Contact us immediately if you must make any changes. Please note that we generally cannot increase the number of students once a tour is booked.
  • Plan pre- and post-tour activities by selecting from the print or online resources. For more information on slide or CD sets, activity kits, and videos, go to Classroom Resources. For online resources, visit the Art Today Web site or ArtsConnectEd.
  • You will be contacted by the volunteer tour guide assigned to your group to touch base about the details of your tour. Talk with him/her about any special needs you may have and the tour theme or topic you have requested.
  • If you are planning a self-guided visit, prepare an activity or discussion questions for your students. For suggestions, call 612.375.7614.
  • Divide your class in advance into groups of 10–15 students. Arrange for one adult chaperone for each group. Make name tags for your students.
  • Review the expectations and guidelines for your visit with your students. Share the guidelines with adult chaperones so they understand their role during the tour.
  • Directions to the Walker and parking information are in your confirmation packet.
  • Meet your tour guide or check in at the desk in the Bazinet Garden Lobby. Enjoy your visit to the Walker Art Center!

How to Register for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Teaching the Arts E-mail Newsletter

Click here to register to receive the Minneapolis Institute of Arts free e-mail newsletter for teachers. A new information feature appears in each issue, September through May.

Each Teaching the Arts online feature is available on ArtsConnectEd in the Interactive Resources tab of Art Finder.

Click here for more information on Teacher Resources from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.



How to Register for Walker Art Center E-mail Updates for Educators

Stay up to date about Walker's programs for schools and teachers. Receive quarterly e-mail updates by sending your e-mail address to with the words "teacher e-mail" in the subject line.