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MUSEUM TOURS & TRIPS




Docent-led Tours

Join us for a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable docents. Guided tours are a wonderful way to gain further insight into museum exhibitions.

Interested in a private tour for your family, club, troop or group? Contact Heather Aaronson at haaronson@figgeartmusuem.org or 563.345.6630 to schedule. Private tours are free with admission and are available upon request.

Upcoming senior tours: 
1:30 pm gallery tour
2:30 pm film
January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3

Interested in becoming a Docent? See the Adult Programs page for more information.
 

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Friday, March 23 (full day)
7 am Departure / 9 pm Return
Cost: $85 member, $95 non-member
Includes coach, snacks, tours and museum admission.  Guests are responsible for the cost of all meals.


From The Netherlands to New York, Figge members are always exploring new places and experiencing amazing museums! Join in the fun by coming on the next Figge daytrip to art-filled Milwaukee. The trip will begin with a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum for the exhibition Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England and will include time to explore the rest of the museum, as well as local shops and eateries. For more information or to sign up, contact Melissa Mohr at mmohr@figgeartmuseum.orgDownload a flyer.



Grant Wood in New York!
April 12-16, 2018 

In March 2018, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City will present a retrospective of the work of Grant Wood. The exhibition will feature more than 130 works by the Iowa artist, including his self-portrait and other works from the Grant Wood Archive at the Figge. “He’s really this very complicated, elusive figure,” said Barbara Haskell, curator. “In the 1930s...he was at the forefront of trying to figure out national identity. And in our conflicted, divided America, those issues become compelling again.”

Come with us on a trip to New York from April 12-16, 2018, to see this landmark exhibition. In addition to a tour with the curator, the trip will include guided visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, the Cloisters, and other museums and galleries, as well as a concert at Carnegie Hall and a play on Broadway.

Reservations for this trip have closed. For more information, please contact Heather Aaronson at haaronson@figgeartmuseum.org or 563.345.6630.

The trip is organized in partnership with the travel professionals at AAA, and a portion of the total cost benefits Figge programs.


Figge Mobile Tour

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The Figge mobile audio tour is designed to deliver behind-the-scenes content and facts about hand-selected works right to a visitor’s own cell phone or tablet–completely free of charge.
 
More than forty tour stops have been crafted by Figge staff, with special guest recordings by prominent Quad Cities community members. To participate, visitors simply dial the Figge’s local tour number 563.424.3997 or scan a QR code next to the art objects. Once connected, participants will hear a short greeting and instructions to continue the mobile tour.
 
The mobile tour has been gifted by the Hunt and Diane Harris Family Foundation in honor of Tom and Mary Waterman Gildehaus to continue their vision for the Figge as a world-class art facility serving both residents and visitors.
 


Adult Tour Groups

Bring your group to the Figge for an unforgettable art experience. View world-class art from the Figge's permanent collection, as well as from a variety of traveling exhibitions. A guided tour will enrich your museum visit and offer new insights into the works. Group tours require a minimum of 10 people.

To schedule a tour, contact Heather Aaronson at 563.326.7804 x2045 or haaronson@figgeartmuseum.org.

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Study Tours for K-12 Students

Attention teachers! Figge study trips are a great way to enhance your classroom curriculum. Our docent-guided tours help your students build vocabulary and develop critical thinking skills, while introducing students to the visual arts. Complement your tour with sketching in the galleries or a writing assignment. 

Reservations are required and can be arranged with Heather Aaronson at 563.326.7804 x2045 or haaronson@figgeartmuseum.org. Tours can be scheduled Tuesday-Friday 9 am-4:30 pm.

Group size: minimum of 15 students; maximum 30-150 (depending on tour)
Length of tour: pre-school-kindergarten • 30 minutes; grades 1-3 • 40 minutes; grades 4-6 • 60 minutes; grades 7-12 • 75 minutes
Optional art studio component: art activities require 45 minutes; there is an additional fee for including an art activity
Fees: gallery tours • $3 per student; Look & Do tours • $5 per student (includes an art activity). No charge for teachers and adult chaperones.

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