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
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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
2016 SPECIAL EXHIBITION: A Joy Forever: Marie Webster Quilts (Mar 4, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017) (limited to 30)
2016 SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Tiffany, Gorham, and the Height of American Silver, 1840-1930 (Apr 1, 2015 – April 23, 2016) (at Lilly House; limited to 40)
2016 SPECIAL EXHIBITION: 19 Stars of Indiana Art: A Bicentennial Celebration (May 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017)
Accessibility - Touch & Audio Descriptive Tour (requires 3-week notice). Restricted to Blind/Low-Vision groups.
Closer Look Interactive Dialogue (limited to 40)
Continuing the Work of the Monuments Men (Limited to 30 students)
Gallery Tour - Focus: Faces
Gallery Tour - Focus: Places
Gallery Tour - Focus: Spaces
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: Africa (limited to 60)
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: America
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: Asia (limited to 60)
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: Contemporary
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: Contemporary Design
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: Early Europe (before 1800)
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: Europe (1800-1945)
Gallery Tour - Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) This is a facilitated discussion using open-ended questions to explore works of art. (45 minutes)
Gallery Tour – Spotlight: Europe (Combination)
Outside of the Museum - Lilly House Tour ( limited to 40)
Outside of the Museum - Native Trees & Shrubs of The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres (available April - October)
Outside of the Museum - Native Trees at the IMA (available April - October)
Outside of the Museum - Outdoor Sculpture (available April - October)
Outside of the Museum – Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres Tour (available April-October, limited to 30)
Outside the Museum - Garden Experience - Limited Mobility (Available April - October)
Outside the Museum - Garden Tour (Available April - October)
SPECIAL EXHIBITION: 19 Stars of Indiana Art: A Bicentennial Celebration (May 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017)
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
2016 SPECIAL EXHIBITION: A Joy Forever: Marie Webster Quilts (Mar 4, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017) (limited to 30)
2016 SPECIAL EXHIBITION:19 Stars of Indiana Art: A Bicentennial Celebration (May 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017)
Galleries
Gardens
Special Exhibition: Tiffany, Gorham, and the Height of American Silver, 1840-1930 (April 1, 2015 – April 23, 2016)(at Lilly House)
Other
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.