Group Tours

Due to the high volume of docent-led tour requests, we have limited availability for these tours throughout the spring. New docent-led tour requests are currently being accepted; however, we suggest group tour organizers send in their requests as soon as possible for any May, June, or July requests. Non-guided requests are still being accepted for all dates. Curator-led tours may also be requested by contacting

Group tours are a great way to engage with our exhibitions in an in-depth way, and to learn about the materials, processes, and concepts that drive contemporary innovation in the fields of craft, art, and design. At MAD, we emphasize dialogue, inquiry, interpretation, and visitor engagement.

Tours are currently available in English, German, French and Russian.

Group Tour Options

Guided Groups
Private docent-led tours last approximately 60 minutes. MAD docents spend hours preparing for tours and aim to provide learning opportunities that are not only informative, but open the floor for discussion and engagement. Guided tours can be focused on special exhibitions or provide a more general overview.  We recommend reviewing our current exhibitions before booking your tour. All guided group reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance.

Non-guided Groups
Groups of eight or more benefit from a reduced admission of $12 per person. Non-guided groups need to make reservations in advance to receive this rate. All non-guided group reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance.

School Groups
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Curator-guided Tours
Requests for curator-guided tours are subject to availability and should be emailed directly to

Reservations (Guided and Non-guided Groups)

Book your visit today by completing this reservation form.

Contact the Education Department with inquiries or questions:

Tour Details for Guided Groups

Rates and Payment Information

  • Group admission is $12 per person, plus an additional $100 fee per docent
  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is required for group tours within two weeks of your visit date. Remaining fees can be paid in advance or upon arrival at the Museum
  • Group tours last approximately 60 minutes

Availability and Size Limitations

  • Tours are available during regular Museum hours
  • Groups are limited to 20 visitors per docent
  • Large groups can request multiple docents; however, the maximum size for any group visit is 40 visitors (larger groups may send an email inquiry)
  • Tours focus on special exhibitions or offer a more general overview of Museum highlights
  • Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance

Cancellation policy

  • If you need to cancel your tour, requests must be made at least two weeks in advance (the $100 deposit can be applied to a future tour date, but is not refundable)
  • Cancellations made with less than two weeks notice will not be refunded, nor will deposits carry over to future reservations

Additional Information

  • Gallery stools are available for groups of ten or less. Please note that tours with stools cover fewer on-display works, as visitors stay seated in front of selected objects over a longer period of time.
  • Groups with visitors using wheelchairs or assisted walking devices are welcome; any group that has more than three visitors using assisted walking devices may want to keep their groups to under ten people to ensure the highest quality experience