Adult Group Tours

With a collection of more than 54,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of history from across the world's continents, the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers groups entertaining and enriching experiences with art, nature, and design. Special tours highlighting exhibitions, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, and Oldfields—Lilly House & Gardens are also offered for school, professional, and social groups.

Adult Group Tours can be arranged for groups with at least 10 members. Tours are led by trained educators who engage participants and stimulate discussion. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and can be tailored to meet a variety of interests. Adult Group Tours are free with the exception of for-profit groups, which are charged $3 per person.

All group tours should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance using the online tour request form, available at the bottom of the page. If you are attempting to submit a student tour request, please visit the K-12 school tour request form or the colleges and universities tour request form.

Types of Tours

When visiting the IMA, groups can choose from several docent-led tours, self-guided tours, and tours for blind/low-vision visitors. All tours need to be booked at least three weeks in advance using the online tour form at the bottom of this page.

Guided Adult Group 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 Adult Group Tours

Self-Guided Adult Group 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.

Tour Hours & Availability

  • Gallery tours are available year round.
  • Oldfields tours are available April through December.
  • Tours of the gardens and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park:100 Acres are available April through October, weather permitting.
  • Tours for blind/low visions visitors are available all year round.
  • All tours are offered during regular IMA hours. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, there is an option for groups to start their tour at 10 am.
  • The gardens and grounds are open from dawn until dusk every day. Guided group tours of the gardens can be arranged at any time during daylight hours.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Comfortable shoes are advised for garden tours. Some areas of the grounds have steps.
  • The IMA is handicapped accessible; Lilly House is handicapped accessible, with an elevator available.
  • Parking details can be found here.
  • Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance.
  • Groups can choose to take self-guided tours.
  • The IMA's café is ideal for a quick bite or a leisurely meal with hand-crafted soups, seasonal salads, artisan sandwiches and comforting pasta dishes and pizza. Nourish also serves espresso, cappuccino, and fresh juice drinks.
  • Other dining options are available, including boxed lunches in the Fountain Room.

Adult Group 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.
Guided Adult Group 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
2014 NEW TOUR OFFERING: Special Exhibition: Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886-1904 (June 15-September 17, 2014, exhibition ticket required)
2014 NEW TOUR OFFERING: Closer Look Interactive Dialogue (limited to 40)
2014 NEW TOUR OFFERING: Gallery Tour – Spotlight Contemporary Design
2014 NEW TOUR OFFERING: Special Exhibition: The Essential Robert Indiana (February 16 – May 4, 2014; exhibition ticket is required)
Accessibility - Audio Description Tour (requires 3-week notice). Restricted to Blind/Low-Vision groups.
Accessibility - Touchable Tour (requires 4-week notice). Restricted to Blind/Low-Vision groups.
Gallery Tour - Focus: Faces
Gallery Tour - Focus: Places
Gallery Tour - Focus: Spaces
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: Africa (limited to 60 guests)
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: America
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: Asia (limited to 60 guests)
Gallery Tour - Spotlight: Contemporary
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)
Outside of the Museum - Garden Experience for those with limited mobility (available April - October)
Outside of the Museum - Garden Tour (available April - October)
Outside of the Museum - Lilly House Tour (available April - December)
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)
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
African Galleries
American Galleries
Asian Galleries
Contemporary Design Galleries
Contemporary Galleries
European Galleries
Special Exhibition: Majestic African Textiles (May 3, 2013-March 2, 2014; limited to 30)
Special Exhibition: The Essential Robert Indiana (February 16 – May 4, 2014; exhibition ticket is required)
Other
Please provide any additional information about your group.