Public Tours

Led by our incredible docents, public tours at the Buffalo AKG take visitors through the collection and special exhibitions. More of a guided conversation in the galleries than a traditional lecture, our interactive tours share surprising stories and fun facts and encourage visitors to form personal connections with the art on view and the museum.

We encourage all visitors to share their ideas and engage with one another as we explore together. You will leave with new skills to help you look at and relate to modern and contemporary art and the world around you.

All tours are free with admission, and no advance registration is required for groups smaller than 10 people. Please meet your docent near the Visitor Experience desk in the lobby of the building you wish to tour.

Tours are subject to docent availability.

Daily Public Tours

Public tours occur daily, Thursday through Monday, at 11 am and 1:30 pm. These are sixty minutes long and focus on several artworks in the Jeffrey E. Gundlach Building or the Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Building. Attendees are encouraged to discuss the work openly with the docent and other visitors, connecting personal experience with the art on view.

A group of eight people (including a woman with a baby stroller) admire a large abstract artwork

Spotlight Tours

Only have limited time for a tour? Spotlight Tours are thirty minutes long and offer an abbreviated, more traditional art history lecture followed by a discussion with the group. Docents focus on one or two artworks in the collection, sharing interesting information about the artist and the artwork. Spotlight Tours occur on Thursdays and Fridays at 12:30 pm, and 3 pm on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS.

A group of four women and a man stand around a sculpture painted yellow blue red and black with wooden heads

Family Tours

Family Tours give families with younger children and their adults a chance to learn about modern and contemporary art together. These are forty-five minutes long and offered at 3 pm on Saturdays, and 3 pm every M&T FIRST FRIDAY.

A group of four onlookers (one with a baby stroller) look at a tour guide explaining a vibrant geometric painting