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Education > Adult Programs > Art Tours for Book Lovers

Art Tours for Book Lovers is an exciting program that unites art with literature. This program is designed for existing book clubs to read a featured book and then come as a group to the Museum to view art that relates to the book. An online Discussion Guide is offered for each featured book to facilitate conversation at the book club meetings and to enhance the tour at the Museum. Trained UMFA docents will guide discussion-based tours which last approximately one hour.


FEATURED BOOKS (click book image for more information)
Cover of book, image of cover of The Lost Painting novel

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by the Countess of Carnarvon
A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman Devil's Trill by
Gerald Elias
The Lost Painting:
The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece
by Jonathan Harr
The Sound of Mountain Water: The Changing American West by Wallace Stegner
image of cover of Strapless novel image of cover of The Madonnas of Leningrad novel image of cover of Memoirs of Madame Vigee Lebrun novel book cover of Nefertiti by Michelle Moran Hare with Amber Eyes Book Cover
Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean Memoires of Madame Vigée Lebrun translated by Lionel Strachey Nefertiti by Michelle Moran Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman The Hare with Amber Eyes:  A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal 




  1. Select one of the featured books and download its accompanying Discussion Guide.
  2. Read the book in your book club and use the Discussion Guide to facilitate conversation.
  3. Make a reservation to bring your book club members to the Museum for a Book Club guided tour. Please call 801.581.3580 to make your reservation at least two weeks in advance.
  4. A gallery educator (docent) will show you how the featured book connects with works of art in the Museum's permanent collection.  (Note: some featured books are selected for temporary exhibitions.) Please bring your copy of the book with you on your tour.



  • Art Tours for Book Lovers are free with general Museum admission.
  • UMFA Members receive free admission every day.
  • On the first Wednesday of each month, general admission is free for everyone.





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