Tours

Student tour looking at Mark Bradford's Kingdom Day

We are not offering in-person tours at this time. Please click here for the Online Learning Programs we have available.

Learn more about the art on view by taking a tour! Our conversational tours are led by docents eager to share their knowledge and insight. Drop in on a public tour, schedule a group tour for your friends, or bring your class for a field trip. We strive to personalize each experience, so no two tours will be the same.

Public Tours

Every day, 2 pm
Special exhibition public tour, first Saturdays, 2 pm
Architecture public tour, first Saturdays, 11 am

Every day the Modern is open, a docent is on hand at 2 pm to show you their favorite highlights on view, discuss works you’re curious about, or point out details of the building you may never have noticed. For a narrower focus, join a tour that spotlights special exhibitions or one about the architecture. These tours are free with gallery admission and start by the information desk in the Grand Lobby. 

Architecture Tours

Architecture public tour, first Saturdays, 11 am
Private architecture tours upon request

This tour focuses on the Modern’s renowned building, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Tadao Ando. Learn the concepts behind Ando’s design and explore the variety of gallery spaces, the reflecting pond and grounds, the iconic concrete Y-columns, and many other aspects of what has been named one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Art Museums” by Travel + Leisure.

Spotlight Tours 

First Fridays, 6:30 pm

In the midst of the music and cocktails of our First Fridays events, join a short, 20-minute tour in the galleries. This tour is narrowly focused around a single theme and is the perfect break from the action of the Grand Lobby.

Slow Art Tours

Third Fridays, 5:30 pm

The aim of the Slow Art movement is to break with the often frenetic pace of modern life to simply enjoy works of art in a deliberate and unhurried fashion. Slow Art at the Modern invests in this pause with a 30-minute tour focusing on one work of art. 

World Language Tours

Spanish-Language public tour, first Sundays, 2 pm
American Sign Language public tour, third Fridays, 5:30 pm
Private tours in French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, and American Sign Language available upon request


We welcome visitors from around the world, locals who are more comfortable in their native language, and English speakers who want to brush up on their foreign-language skills. With three weeks’ notice, we can provide a private docent-led tour in French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, or American Sign Language, or you can drop in on the First Sunday of the month for a public tour in Spanish.

School/University Group Tours

The Modern welcomes student groups FREE of charge for docent-guided and self-guided tours of the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and the architecture of the museum. Click here for more information.

Adult Groups

Schedule a private tour for your book club, painting class, family reunion, or any other group that wants to explore art at the Modern in greater depth. Please contact us three weeks before your requested date. Click here for more information.