Visiting with a Group

Thank you for your interest in bringing your group to the Birmingham Museum of Art. We would be happy to schedule a docent-led tour for you or welcome your group for a self-guided visit.

School Tours

Tours led by docents (volunteer guides) at the Museum are FREE and school tours can be booked for any group with children. Tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book a School Tour

Adult Tours

Tours led by docents (volunteer guides) at the Museum are FREE. Tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book an Adult Tour

Drop-In Tours

Don’t want to schedule a tour, but still would like the benefit of a docent? No problem! We offer a variety of FREE adult drop-in tours on a regular basis.

Slow Art Sunday
Every Sunday at 2pm, docents unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

Special Topic Drop-Ins
Whether it is a tour of an exhibition or special topic or theme, our docents make the galleries come alive.

Check the Event Calendar to see upcoming topics for Slow Art Sunday and additional drop-in tours.

Self-Guided Tours

Book a self-guided tour through our online tour form. For questions, email

For self-guided groups with kids, we recommend picking up scavenger hunts at the entrances and dividing into groups of 10 or less with at least one adult per group.

For self-guided groups with adults, we recommend accessing our smartguide, a digital guide that enhances your experience while in the galleries! Feel free to use your own device or check out an iPad at our entrances. To access:

  • Connect to our free public wifi
  • Visit
  • Enter the number located on the labels next to select artworks throughout the Museum, including our Highlights featured on the map!

Lunch Break

Oscar’s Cafe at the Museum is open for lunch from 11am to 2pm on Tuesday through Friday. They also host brunch one Sunday each month. Reservations are encouraged for groups and can be made by calling 205-328-7850.

If you’d prefer to bring your own lunch or snacks, you are welcome to enjoy them in the Main Lobby or Sculpture Garden. Food and drink (including water bottles) must be sealed and in a bag while enjoying the galleries.