Tours and Talks
Daily Guided Tours
Get to know the Detroit Institute of Arts with "The Big Picture" guided tour. The Big Picture meets in the Great Hall every Tuesday through Fridays at 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. The Big Picture guided tour is free with museum admission.
Guided Adult Tours
Plan your unique, customized group experience at the DIA by adding any of these options to your visit.
Audio and Multimedia Tours
Audio Tours Director's Choice and Youth Audio Tours are available for $3 at the Farnsworth entrance. Tours are available in English, Spanish and Japanese.
Multimedia Detroit Industry Murals Tour A tour of Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals is available for free at the information desk in Rivera Court. The tour is available in English and Spanish
Behind the Seen: Talks about Art
Presented by trained DIA teaching volunteers, "Behind the Seen" brings the same level of insight and engagement about the DIA's collection from the museum to your community. Behind the Seen 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.
A full list of BTS topics is available here.
To schedule a talk, please complete the online Behind the Seen reservation request form
or contact Cynthia Blackburn at 313.833.1510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. BTS talks can be scheduled for free for groups in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For all others there is a $150 fee.
For a full list of scheduled Behind the Seen talks and events in your community, click here.
Please note: A screen and a room that can be darkened are required. Lecturers provide projection equipment.
Funding for Behind the Seen talks in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties is funded by the Tri-County Millage.
Minds On Art
DIA volunteers and staff with expertise in leading discussions with people with early stage dementia and Alzheimer’s, and their caregivers are invited to participate in gallery discussions about art through the museum's "Minds On Art" program. 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.
Sessions meet by the elephant sculptures in the Walter Gibbs Learning Center.
For questions on the content of the program, please call Christine Mark at 313.833.1472
Minds On Art is modeled after a successful program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Friday, March 31, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Sunday, January 22, 2017
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