Join us for a public tour! Each Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. a Weisguide will meet you at the front desk. Tours last for one hour. Topics range from current exhibitions to the building architecture.
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more people. Whether your group is self-guided or in need of a tour guide, group tours are subject to availability and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. WAM offers a variety of tours to customize your art viewing experience.
Guided tours are limited to groups of 45 or less. If your group is large, it will be divided into smaller touring groups of 10-15 people. Each touring group will be led by a Weisguide, a volunteer educator who has been trained by museum staff. Tours last approximately one hour. Guided visits must be scheduled at least one month prior to your visit.
Bring your book club to the museum. The WAM Book Club offers guided book tours that correspond with a current exhibition. Read the book, schedule a tour, then enjoy valuable insight and discussion with one of WAM’s tour guides. See the spring 2019 selections>>
Tour fees are based on the number of guides needed for each group. One guide is able to lead approximately 10 visitors.
- 1 Guide= $20 K-12 /$30 Adult
- 2 Guides= $40 K-12 /$60 Adult
- 3 Guides= $60 K-12 /$90 Adult
- Guided Tours are free for UMN Classes
- Private book club tour (up to 20 people) = $30
Gallery Host Conversations
WAM student Gallery Hosts want to talk art with you! Gallery Host Conversations are casual, 15-minute drop-in tours focused on teaching audiences how to find meaning in any work of art. Each tour focuses on a single piece on view, and you’ll dig deep to find or create a narrative of your own. So come ignore the labels and get lost in the work. Gallery Hosts will meet you at the front desk five minutes before the tour is scheduled to start.
All self-guided tours are free. Groups smaller than 10 do not need a reservation.
Please note: Self-guided groups larger than 30 visitors will be charged the guided group tour fee.
Self-guided tours for groups of 10-25 must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure availability of gallery space and are limited to a maximum of 25 students and limited to 1 hour unless pre-arranged. Groups must be under the supervision of a lead teacher who is asked to share learning goals and a guiding plan of activity when scheduling their group’s visit and have at least 1 chaperone per 10 students. Please note that tours led by WAM tour guides have priority access to the galleries. Teachers are encouraged to visit the museum before their scheduled self-guided visits in order to make plans. Self-guided tours for groups smaller than 10 do not need a reservation.
U of M Classes
U of M professors and teaching assistants can schedule tours free of charge. Schedule a guided tour of a special exhibition, view WAM’s permanent collection, explore the architecture of WAM, or work with our education department to create a customized tour or workshop to link exhibitions with courses. With advance notice, the museum may be available during non-business hours for U of M classes.
Whether you are an elementary, middle, or high school teacher, the Weisman invites you to make our galleries part of your classroom this year. WAM offers a variety of guided tour topics or work with our education team to customize a tour to meet the needs of your group.
For the safety and comfort of all visitors and for the protection of the artwork, the maximum number of people per guided tour is 45 and for a self-guided tour is 25, with one chaperone per 10 students required.
Community, and Adult Groups
WAM offers an ongoing array of programs for visitors of all ages, from lectures by visiting artists and scholars, to group tours and workshops, family events, and volunteer opportunities. Get more information on our events here, or schedule a group tour.
Memory Care Tours
Inspired by programs and research at MOMA, WAM’s tours for memory care patients engage individuals across the spectrum of memory loss with their family, friends or care partners. The tour itself is more of a journey — exploring pieces of art and using props that help visitors engage their senses, tell stories, and reminisce about the past.This program provides participants with a meaningful experience discussing art and socializing in the welcoming environment of WAM’s galleries.