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Group Tours

The Mint Museum offers guided and self-guided tours of our permanent Collections and special Exhibitions throughout the year. Click links to learn more. 

Do you have a school group, alumni association, sorority or club who would enjoy an interesting, informative, inspiring docent-led tour of the Mint Museum Uptown or Mint Museum Randolph? Schedule a group tour by contacting the Tour Coordinator, by e-mail or at 704.337.2043. Please reserve your tour at least a month in advance.

Adult and College Tours

Tours are led by museum docents, last one hour and require a minimum of 10 participants. There is no additional fee for guided tours. Self-guided groups of more than 15 are advised to contact the museum in advance to assure there is space available. 

The Tour Coordinator can be contacted by e-mail or at 704.337.2043

Experiential tourism

Many of the experiences the Mint regularly offers our visitors can be scheduled for tour groups as well! Simply contact the Mint's Communications & Media Relations team to alert us of your visit: or 704.337.2018.

Filled with Contemporary, American, Craft + Design, and traveling collections, Mint Museum Uptown in Center City offers a world of cultural exploration well beyond the prestigious works it showcases. Occasional Wednesday evening events bring together music, dance, fashion, and interaction with artists. Guests might see a fashion show, hear a concert, participate in a dance demonstration, or listen to a lecture from an expert. Each night is different and tailored to a specific exhibition or collection on view.

Approximate Length of Experience: Up to 3 hours
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: None
Availability: Check Happenings for event details.
Cost: Free

Sunday Fun Days
One select Sunday each month is family time at Mint Museum Uptown. Guests can participate in craft projects, family tours, movement activities, artist demonstrations, and more, with hands-on works of art to take home.

Approximate Length of Experience: Up to 3 hours
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: None
Availability: Check Happenings for event details.
Cost: $6 per adult; Free for children under 18

Taste of the Mint: An Appetizing Restaurant and Museum Experience

Culinary arts blend with the Mint Museum Uptown for an appetizing cultural experience. Explore a food tasting tour with small plate and drink pairings at remarkable restaurants near the Mint. Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth and other culinary partners offer different food and drink experiences sure to tempt taste buds and behind-the-scenes insights. Afterward, unwind with a one-hour exploration of the arts led by a Mint expert who will provide insight on the American, Contemporary, and Craft + Design collections along with special limited-engagement exhibitions.

Approximate Length of Experience: 2.5 hours
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: 10 – 25
Availability: Available by reservation on Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 2 - 5 p.m., and occasionally scheduled on the museum's Happenings calendar
Cost: $45 per person ($35 for Mint members)
Phone: 704.337.2018

Sketching in the Galleries

Be inspired by works of art! Enjoy a sketching exercise with a museum educator. Available for private groups by reservation with sufficient advance notice, for $6 per person. Call 704.337.2018 or email

Sip + Shop

Finish your tour of the Mint inside the Mint Museum Shops where you can find one-of-a-kind selections of North Carolina pottery, glassware, jewelry, wood crafts, accessories, art books, children's items, and much more! With a reservation, you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a special shopping discount just for your group. This experience is a perfect accompaniment to Taste of the Mint and/or Sketching in the Galleries! Call 704.337.2018 or email

School Tours

Discover how the art at The Mint Museum transforms and impacts our culture and history through interactive, engaging tours that test students’ observation skills, critical thinking, and expression of personal ideas. Tours support the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

All school tours must be scheduled with the Tour Coordinator. Guided tours must be scheduled at least a month in advance. The museum requires one adult chaperone per 10 students. Groups of very young and/or special needs children must provide a smaller student to chaperone ratio.

Guided Tours Led by museum docents, guided tours last one hour (except for the D.I.G.S. tour, which lasts 90 minutes) and test the observation skills and critique techniques of their students to increase their overall understanding of art. Guided tours are available to groups of elementary, middle, high school and college students Tuesdays through Fridays. The minimum number of students is 10; the maximum is 60.

Self-Guided Tours Self-guided tours are permitted for high school groups of up to 30 students per hour. Teachers are encouraged to visit prior to their scheduled time in order to plan their self-guided tour. Click here to lean more about Self-Guided Tours.

Preparing for your Visit

In the Classroom

• Ask the Tour Coordinator for a free Teacher Tour Outline, available for most elementary school student tours.
• View our Teacher & Students page for resources before your visit.
• View detailed information on special exhibitions on the Mint Wiki page.

Scheduling a School Tour

1. Consult the tour descriptions and choose the tour that best meets your curricular needs and your students' interests.
2. Contact the Tour Coordinator at least one month in advance by e-mail or at 704.337.2043.
3. Include the following information in your e-mail or have it ready when you call:

• Name of school
• Method of travel (i.e., school bus, van, cars, etc.)
• Students’ grade level
• Number of students
• Number of chaperones
• Special needs
• Guided or Self-Guided Tour?
• Preferred tour date and several alternate dates
• Museum Location: Randolph, Uptown or both

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What are guided Tours?

They are tours conducted by docents, trained volunteer tour guides.

Is there a fee?

Admission is always *free for school and homeschool groups during regularly scheduled school days. After-school groups are $6 per student; adult chaperones are free.*

*Admission prices are subject to change without notice.