Colleges & Universities

The IMA regularly hosts programs and tours for university and college faculty and staff. The goal of these programs is to better serve regional, national and international campuses, to foster connections with campus communities and to increase student and faculty engagement with the Museum. People from all majors and backgrounds are invited to explore the IMA's collections and exhibitions.

Students attending Butler University, CTS, IUPUI, Marian University, Martin University, and University of Indianapolis may receive a free IMA annual membership. Students may apply at our Guest Services desk and must have a valid e-mail address and show proof of enrollment. Prescheduled tours from these colleges/universities are free. For all other colleges/universities, prescheduled student groups will receive a reduced admission of $5 per participant. Make sure to get scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance of your trip.

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College & University Tours

The galleries and grounds of the IMA provide a wealth of opportunities for higher educational groups and educators to engage with art and nature. When visiting the IMA, college and university groups can choose from several docent-led tours, or self-guided tours. All tours need to be booked at least three weeks in advance using the online tour form at the bottom of this page.

Guided College & University Tours

The IMA offers a variety of group tours of the galleries, the gardens, Oldfields and the Art & Nature Park led by a trained guide. We also offer guided audio descriptions and touchable tours for blind-low vision visitors, as well as garden tours for people with limited mobility.

For a detailed description of all expert-led group tours, download the PDF below.

Guided College and University Tour Topics

Self-Guided College & University Tours

Visitors interested in structuring their own exploration of the IMA can schedule a self-guided tour of the galleries, grounds and/or special exhibitions.

College & University Tour Request Form

Group Information
Group Specifics
Please specify any special assistance needed for members of your group
Date Preferences
Guided tours MUST be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. To book a self-guided tour in less than 3 weeks please call (317)920-2679.
Please provide any additional information about your group.
Guided Tour Options
All tours are 60 minutes long, unless otherwise noted. Check the tours you would like and select a corresponding time preference.
Tour TitleAvailable Times
2017 City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the 70s & 80s
2017 Special Exhibition: Crazy Quilts: Stitching Memories (May 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018)
Accessibility Tour - A Garden Experience for Everyone: Limited Mobility and Sight Tour (Available April - October)
Accessibility Tour - Touch & Audio Descriptive Tour (requires 3-week notice). Restricted to Blind/Low-Vision groups.
Focus Tour - Faces
Focus Tour - Places
Focus Tour - Spaces
Gallery Spotlight Tour - Africa (limited to 60)
Gallery Spotlight Tour - America
Gallery Spotlight Tour - Asia (limited to 60)
Gallery Spotlight Tour - Contemporary
Gallery Spotlight Tour - Contemporary Design
Gallery Spotlight Tour - Early Europe (before 1800)
Gallery Spotlight Tour - Europe (1800-1945)
Gallery Spotlight Tour - Europe (Combination)
Gallery Tour – Creative Hoosiers
Gardens & Lilly House Tours - A Walk Amongst the Trees: Native Trees and Shrubs of 100 Acres Park (available April - October)
Gardens & Lilly House Tours - Branching Out: Exploring 100 Acres Art & Nature Park (available April-October, limited to 30)
Gardens & Lilly House Tours - Indiana’s Giants: Tour the IMA’s Native Trees (available April - October)
Gardens & Lilly House Tours - Inspiring Beauty: A Walking Tour of the IMA Gardens (available April - October)
Gardens & Lilly House Tours - LILLY HOUSE: Lilly House Tour ( limited to 40)
Interactive Dialogue Tour - Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) This is a facilitated discussion using open-ended questions to explore works of art. (45 minutes)
Interactive Dialogue Tour: Closer Look (limited to 40)
Nazi-Era Looted Art and Museums: Continuing the Work of the Monuments Men (Limited to 30 students)
Outside of the Museum - Outdoor Sculpture (available April - October)
Self-Guided Options
Please check self-guided tours you are interested in and/or want more information about. Please note that these tours are truly self-guided, and no physical guide will be present.
Tour TitleAvailable Times
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres
Will your visit require a classroom for meeting before and/or after your visit to the galleries?
REMINDER: This is a request form and does not guarantee registration. Tours are NOT confirmed until you have been contacted by an education staff person within three business days. Once confirmed, materials will be emailed to you.