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 or 563.345.6630 to schedule. Private tours are free with admission and are available upon request.

All tours begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Museum Store. Free with admission.


Endless Flight
Sunday, October 8
Saturday, October 28

Irma René Koen
Saturday, October 14
Sunday, November 19

Power & Piety
Saturday, November 4
Sunday, November 5

Exhibition Highlights
Saturday, December 9
Sunday, December 10


Travel Abroad to the Netherlands and Belgium
View masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish art and architecture

Join your Figge friends, Trustee Wynne Schafer and Executive Director Tim Schiffer for an artcentric tour of Belgium and the Netherlands this September! The trip will begin in Brussels with visits to the Royal Museum and the Horta Mansion, an art nouveau masterpiece. The next stop will be St. Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, home of the fabled altarpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Jan Van Eyck. Continuing on to the medieval city of Bruges, view additional masterpieces by the Flemish “primitives” who pioneered techniques of realist painting in Northern Europe. From Bruges, we will travel to Amsterdam, our base of operations for the remainder of the trip. Dutch destinations will include guided tours of the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Stedelijk Museums, Rembrandt’s house and historic neighborhood, day trips to the Hague, the Kroller-Muller Museum and Utrecht, with some surprises along the way. The trip cost includes travel to and from Chicago O’Hare, round trip airfare, all accommodations with hosted breakfasts, museum entries, guides, ground transportation, gratuities, farewell dinner and trip insurance.

Departure: The trip departs Chicago on September 18, returning September 28, 2017. 
Cost: $4600 per person double occupancy, $5600 per person single. 
Final cost dependent upon number of reservations.
Reservations are limited as this is a custom tour for Figge members. Reservations closed on May 1, 2017.
For information, contact Heather Aaronson at or 563.345.6630.

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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 compli- cated, 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.”

Join us for 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.

The final itinerary and pricing will be presented at an introductory meeting on Thursday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Figge Café.

For more information, please contact Heather Aaronson at 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.

England’s Castles, Manors and Gardens

May 22-31, 2018

Join Pamela White, Ph.D., director of the Museum Studies Program at Western Illinois University and a self-professed Anglophile and devotee of English country houses, for a once-in-a-lifetime tour in England, timed to coincide with the peak season for British gardens!

The trip will include a visit to the famed Chelsea Flower Show, along with other important London sites. The group will tour the world-famous Kew Gardens, see the roses at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley and visit the maze at Hampton Court Palace, and then take a ride on the Bluebell Railway and explore the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle.

Additional stops will include the seaside resort of Brighton, the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. A special stop will be at Chartwell, the beloved country home of Winston Churchill.

Details of the itinerary will be presented at a special reception on Thursday, November 16, at 5:30 pm in the Figge Café.

For more information, please contact Heather Aaronson at 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

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

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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 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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