The Stanley welcomes faculty from all disciplines to the museum to support learning objectives, including sharpening observation skills, studying artistic techniques, exploring culture, and building empathy.

Students, faculty, and staff from the UI or another college or university may request an exhibition tour in our galleries or a specialized viewing experience of work in our visual laboratory and classroom through our online visit request form below.

Please submit your request at least one month in advance. Also note that space is limited in the Visual Laboratory and Visual Classroom. Classes larger than 25 students will need to schedule more than one session in these spaces.

The Stanley also offers guided tours of its collection:

  • 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.

Email questions to Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement, (

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