Families, friends, and organizations can request tours of the Stanley’s collection. Tours typically last one hour and occur during normal museum hours. Docents or museum staff lead all scheduled tours. If you would prefer a self-guided tour, you can find guides online and in our lobby.

Request a Public Tour

When requesting a tour, you can choose from one of the following themes:

  • Collection Highlights: See key works on view.
  • African Art: Learn about the rich artistic traditional and cultures of Western Africa.
  • Collectors & Collecting: Curious about how and why Stanley’s collection came to be? Find out in this tour.
  • Color Tour – Red: Color tours focus on the significance of particular hues across time and cultures. The featured color changes periodically.
  • Formal Affinities: Consider visual similarities among objects from a variety of cultures and time periods.
  • Iowa Connections: How does the Stanley’s collection relate to life in Iowa?
  • Iowa Idea: Before there was a museum, the University of Iowa believed art was an essential part of learning across disciplines. This tour focuses on how teaching, research, and artmaking intersect throughout the collection.
  • Masks, Masking, & Masquerades: Masks and masquerade have an important role in many cultures. This tour focuses on masks from the continent of Africa.
  • Science of Conservation: Learn how chemistry and art converge to keep our collection looking good.
  • Social Justice: Artists, activists, and equity.

Each tour group is limited to 10 people or fewer. If your group is larger than 10, it will be divided into smaller groups. We recommend requesting a tour at least one month in advance. All tours begin on the hour.


Please contact Joshua Siefken, associate curator of education, with any questions.

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