Spark students’ imaginations, encourage wonder and discovery

We are excited to welcome school groups back to the DIA for self-guided field trips beginning Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Self-guided visits allow teachers to lead students through the museum galleries for a unique experience.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. All details are subject to change.

As you plan your visit, please be aware of the following:

  • The CDC recommends the wearing of masks while indoors regardless of vaccine status. The DIA asks you to adhere to your school district’s guidelines regarding mask-wearing.
  • The museum does not currently have the capacity to offer lunch or snack space for field trip groups at this time. Please make sure that you have made other accommodations for your visit.
  • To best plan your visit, please refer to the following materials on our website >

We hope to begin offering in-person guided visits in early 2022.

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Virtual Field Trips (Grades 2 - 12)

Make the DIA a part of your school year! Engage students with works of art from the DIA collection through inquiry-based conversations led by a museum Gallery Teacher via a PowerPoint presentation with high-res images. These programs can be hosted through our virtual meeting platform (Microsoft Teams), or through the preferred platform of the school and shared with students in a classroom, or on their personal devices at home. Apply now >

Virtual Meaning Through Art-Making programs (Grades 3 - 5) can be scheduled for after Nov. 2 by clicking here >

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In-Person Field Trips

Classroom Teacher-Led Visits (Grades PreK - 12)

When you lead your students in the museum, the DIA is an extension of your classroom. We provide helpful online teaching resources, including graphic organizers tied to various curriculum areas, lesson plans, and writing prompts. Apply now >

Guided Gallery Experiences (Grades PreK - 12)

DIA Gallery Teachers use inquiry-based and student-centered teaching strategies to facilitate learning in the museum. A Gallery Teacher will work with you to design activities that engage your students and support your curriculum goals. Available in 2022.

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DIA Delivered K - 12

DIA Delivered K-12 is a program for K-12 teachers and students that brings toolboxes filled with a variety of items to your classroom, providing students with opportunities for close-looking and exploration. Designed to create a window into the DIA’s world-renown collection from afar, each toolbox offers a variety of curriculum-based activities, connecting your students to some of our favorite works of art! Learn more >

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DIA field trips provide students with lessons of history and culture that can’t be found on TV or the internet. 

Field trips are designed for pre K – 12 classroom or homeschool groups, summer and recreational camps and community organizations.

These programs are free for schools within Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.