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Watson and the Shark John Singleton Copley
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Watson and the Shark (46.310) — John Singleton Copley

Tours and Talks

Daily Guided Tours

Get to know your new DIA. Meet in the Great Hall for free guided tours Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 1:00 p.m., Fridays at 1:00, and Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Guided Adult Visits

Bring one of the nation's best collections to life in new and exciting ways. Plan your unique, customized experience at the DIA by adding any of these options to your visit.

Behind the Seen: Talks about Art


Behind the Seen (formerly Speakers Bureau) brings engaging talks about the DIA's world-class collection to your community. Presented by trained DIA teaching volunteers, these talks last up to one hour and are available to adult civic and social groups, libraries, senior centers, and other community-accessible locations in the metro Detroit area. The fee for each talk is $150.  In Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, the fee is reduced to $50 for Behind the Seen talks thanks to funding received from a tri-county millage.
View a full list of topics here. To schedule a talk, please complete the online Behind the Seen reservation request form or contact Cynthia Blackburn at 313.833.1510 or cblackburn@dia.org.
For a full list of scheduled Behind the Seen talks and events in your community, click here. 
Note: A screen and a room that can be darkened are required. Lecturers provide projection equipment.

Minds On Art

People with early stage dementia (including Alzheimer’s) and their caregivers are invited to participate in gallery discussions about art led by DIA staff and volunteers with expertise in this area. Participants are made to feel welcome and comfortable and discussions are based on the observations and connections made by the group. The program provides opportunities for social engagement and intellectual stimulation in a safe, inspiring environment. All participants, including caregivers, are encouraged to contribute to the discussions. Meet Me at the DIA is modeled after a successful program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Sessions meet by the elephant sculptures in the Walter Gibbs Learning Center.
Registration is required. Please call the Alzheimer's Association to register. You can find more information by clicking here to view the flyer.
Questions at the DIA: Please call- Christine Mark: 313-833-1472.