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.

Docent-led Tours

School Tours

Tours led by docents (volunteer guides) at the Museum are FREE. School tours can be booked for any group with children. Please note that tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance. Tours can be scheduled on Tuesday through Friday from 9:30am-3:30pm, Saturday from 10am-3:30pm, and Sunday from 12pm-3:30pm. Studio add-on classes are only available on weekdays in September through May. Needs-based assistance is available each fall and spring semester to cover bus transportation costs for schools visiting the Museum for a docent-led tour. This assistance is made possible through the generous support of the Docent Bus Fund Endowment and the Liebelt Bus Fund. To determine if you qualify, please fill out the appropriate section when scheduling a tour. If awarded bus funding, invoices must be submitted to the Museum for payment within 60 days following the date of the tour.

Docent-led Tours

Adult Tours

Docent-led group tours are available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3:30pm, and Sunday, 12-3:30pm. Group tours of the Museum are free except for ticketed special exhibitions. Please schedule at least three weeks in advance. Tour bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a response to your tour request within 5 business days. Tours are not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. Select a tour below to book!

Crosscurrents of Culture

60 visitors

Bling at the BMA

90 visitors

European Masterpieces: The Grand Tour

75 visitors

Sensory Empowerment Program

15 visitors

BMA Your Way

1 gallery:15 visitors
1+ galleries: varies

Discovering the BMA

15-100 visitors

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 tours@artsbma.org.

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 artsbma.org/guide
  • 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.