The Utah Museum of Fine Arts welcomes group visitors of all ages to explore its galleries and permanent collection. Tour group size is limited to sixty people. Guided tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance, four to twelve weeks in advance is recommended as we generally receive more requests for tours than we are able to accommodate.
To plan your group's visit, complete the online request form by clicking on PLAN-A-TOUR. Please provide three possible dates and times. You will be contacted via phone or email within three business days to confirm your tour. You may also call 801.581.3580 with any questions or to book a tour over the phone.
The UMFA Highlights of the Collection tour lasts about thirty minutes and is offered the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1:30 pm. This tour is free with admission, no pre-registration necessary. Highlights of the Collection tours are limited to twenty people.
pre-k and school-aged guided visits
- Docent-guided tours are available by appointment Tuesday–Friday at 10 am or 11:15 am.
- Tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance.
- Guided tours typically last one hour.
- Tours are focused on the age and interests of the group.
- Group leaders may request specific collections or themes.
- Self-guided tours can be scheduled according to Museum hours and availability.
- Tour groups are limited to 60 students.
- One responsible adult must accompany every ten students for 1st–12th grade, and one responsible adult must accompany every five students for pre-k and kindergarten groups.
- Admission is waived for charter and public schools. Private and parochial school group rates are $3 per person.
- Fee waivers may be available to groups demonstrating need.
- Transportation funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To schedule a Pre-K or school-aged visit click PLAN-A-TOUR or call 801.581.3580.
adult guided group visits
Guided tours for adult groups are given during open hours Tuesday through Sunday by appointment. Tour group size is limited to sixty people. Tours usually last one hour and are directed toward the group's experience. Group leaders may request specific collections or themes. Group rates are $5.00 per person (through December 13, 2015). Fee waivers may be available to groups demonstrating need. To schedule a visit please click on PLAN-A-TOUR or call 801.581.3580.
A Highlights of the Collection tour is offered with no pre-registration necessary. It is offered the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm, Saturdays at 1:30 pm, and Sundays at 1:30 pm and lasts about thirty minutes. This tour is free with admission. Highlights of the Collection tours are limited to twenty people.
book club at the museum tours
Book Club at the Museum 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 Book Club tour at the Museum. Trained UMFA docents will guide discussion-based tours which last approximately one hour.
college and university group visits
The UMFA welcomes faculty and students from all higher learning institutions to work and teach directly from the objects in our collection. All students from a Utah college or university receive free admission with their student ID.
Guided tours for college and university groups are given during open hours Tuesday through Sunday by appointment. Tour group size is limited to sixty people. Tours usually last one hour and are directed toward the group's experience. Group leaders may request specific collections or themes. Classes may also visit the museum without a guided tour. Self guided tours are available by appointment and need to be scheduled at least one week in advance. To schedule a Guided-Tour, or a class visit to the galleries, please click on PLAN-A-TOUR or call 801.581.3580.
We welcomes groups of all ages to explore our galleries and permanent collection through a self-guided tour. Tour group size is limited to 60 people. Self-guided tours must be booked at least one week in advance, we recommend 4–12 weeks in advance as we generally receive more requests than we can accommodate. Groups without an advance reservation will not be allowed access to the Museum galleries. Group rates are $3.00 per person. Tours are free for charter, public, and parochial school groups with an advanced reservation. Fee waivers may be available to groups demonstrating need. To schedule a visit, please click on PLAN-A-TOUR or call 801.581.3580.
The UMFA Self Guides give unguided tours to the museum a chance to explore a few works of art in the museum in a fun and engaging way. Self Guides can be checked out free of charge at the Museum's Visitor Services Desk or dowloaded from our website.
sketching in the museum
The Museum welcomes classes and individuals who would like to sketch objects on display in the the galleries. Only dry media such as pencils, chalk, charcoal, and chalk pastels are allowed. Greasy media, as well as pens, markers, ink or paint is not allowed. A plastic drop cloth (trash bag) should be used to collect chalk powder and pencil shavings. Sketching stools are available for checkout at the Museum Visitor Services Desk. Groups of ten or more should make an advance reservation to avoid conflicts with other tours or special programs. To schedule a visit please click on PLAN-A-TOUR or call 801.581.3580.
family backpack program
The Family Backpack Program seeks to make traditional, adult-oriented galleries more accessible and fun for families. Each pack contains hands-on and viewing activities that focus on individual objects in the UMFA collection and the cultures they represent. Family Backpacks provide diverse and compelling materials and activities that are multi-sensory and more hands-on than traditional paper and pencil family guides. The packs are targeted for families with children ages 4–12 and are checked out free of charge at the Museum Visitor Services Desk.
Audio stops for select permanent collections and temporary exhbiitions are available to help guide you through the museum and its 5,000 years of human creativity.