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Visitor Policies

Please help us maintain a safe environment for museum visitors and the art. Enjoy your visit!


Refrain from carrying backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas. Instead, make use of the free coat check. For safety reasons, we reserve the right to inspect all items carried into or out of the museum.
Keep a safe distance from artworks. To protect the art, stay at least one foot away and do not touch the art.
Supervise children at all times.
Borrow a stroller. Please, no “baby backpacks.” Strollers are available for free at main entrances. During busy times, staff may restrict strollers to protect visitors and artwork.
Observe the No Smoking policy. The MIA is entirely smoke-free.
Keep food and drink out of the galleries. Instead, enjoy refreshments in museum cafés and in the Family Center.
Use cell phones in museum lobbies and cafés only.
Observe our photo, video, and sketching guidelines.

Please note: The museum bans weapons of any type in the premises.

Photographing, Videotaping, and Copying Works of Art

A visit to the MIA is filled with memorable moments among wonderful artworks. Here are some ways you can treasure and share highlights from your visit.

May I photograph in the MIA?   

Yes—with a few precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and artwork. If it’s for personal use, feel free to use your cell phone, still or video camera.

Any of the following requires prior approval:

  • Professional/commercial use
  • Use of flash photography or tripods
  • Objects on loan, as indicated on the label by "loan," lent by," "private collection," or the name of museum other than the MIA; numbers assigned to loaned objects begin with an "L."

Please go to the Visitor Service Desk for permission forms.

May I sketch in the galleries?

Absolutely! Just be sure to bring a lapboard or clipboard and use either lead or colored pencils. Also, please keep from using the floors, walls, or pedestals as support for sketching. While in the galleries and packing up to leave, please carry your materials carefully.

May I copy my favorite painting?

To make such a request, please complete the following form and send it to the Paintings Department by email (, mail or drop it off in person. Our mailing address is: Department of Paintings, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Form: Request to Copy Works of Art in the Galleries

If you have any questions, please call (612) 870-3111 during regular work hours or ask one of our helpful museum guards. Staff at the Security Desk or Visitor Service Desks will also be happy to assist you.