Group Visits


All year round, the NMMA's Education Department offers docent-led tours of our permanent and temporary exhibitions.  Tours are tailored to all ages (including parents) and offer visitors an opportunity to learn about art and culture through the artwork on display and the thematic content explored by the exhibition. 

Tours are offered in English, Spanish or Bilingual. Space is limited to a maximum of 40 participants per group.

Booking Tours for Annual “Day of the Dead” Exhibition

September - December

Monday - Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday-Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm

During the annual Day of the Dead exhibition we cannot allow self-guided visiting groups due to capacity constraints in the Museum. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

All visiting groups above 10 participants must make reservations to visit the museum via telephone with a live museum representative in the Education Department. Tours must have a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 40. At least one chaperone per 10 students is required. Reservations must be made at least three weeks prior to your visit date. Please call (312) 738-1503 ext. 0 to reserve your group visit. 
Reservations for Tilica y flaca es la calaca: Day of the Dead will begin on August 1st, at 9:00am.  


We’re excited to share a new educational video by Museums in Hand, featuring the history of Day of the Dead and a behind-the-scenes look into the making of this annual exhibition. Watch the videos below, available in English and español.

Day of the Dead at the National Museum of Mexican Art from Museums in Hand on Vimeo.

Día de los Muertos en el Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano from Museums in Hand on Vimeo.