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Get the most from your visit to The Dayton Art Institute with a docent-led tour! A variety of museum tours are available for individuals, groups and schools, including permanent collection tours and special exhibition tours.

Tours and art education have been an integral part of The DAI since the museum’s early days. The DAI’s education department was established in 1933, and tours for adults and school children were common throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

School tour at The DAIThe DAI’s docent program was established in the 1960s, and tour offerings continued to expand. Traditional guided tours have also been supplemented by audio tours and interactive web-based tours such as our recently launched What Is a Masterpiece?.

The museum has many tours available and an amazing corps of trained docents who deliver them. They range from “The House that Julia Built,” showcasing the historical and architectural roots of The DAI’s beautiful, 80-plus-year-old building, to “Contemporary Art & Issues of the 20th Century.” Tours are engaging for groups of all ages. Non-members receive special entrance rates, while member admission is free. A docent fee of $30 for non-school tours helps to underwrite training costs and the ability to provide students with this educational resource at no cost.

School group at The DAIThe Dayton Art Institute’s tour program changes lives for thousands of students each year by sharing compelling stories that bring art to life, as well as hands-on workshops that reinforce lessons in culture and history, along with greater understanding of the materials used and artists’ techniques for creating the work they have seen.

Join in the fun of learning; book your tour now and learn more about the treasures in your museum. Follow these links for more information:

Adult Tours

Adult Group & Docent-led Tours

School Tours

School Group Tours

Walk-in Tours

Walk-in Tours & Gallery Talks

Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Schedule a Tour

Schedule a Tour

For more about tours and booking a tour, contact Group Sales and Tour Coordinator Donna Young, at 937-512-0152 or

WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.
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