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 2 pm in the Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Building and 1 pm in the Jeffrey E. Gundlach Building. These are sixty minutes long collection highlights tours. Attendees are encouraged to discuss the work openly with the docent and other visitors, connecting personal experience with the art on view.

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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. They leave from the Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Building Moog Desk but may take place in either the Jeffrey E. Gundlach or Wilmers Buildings. 

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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 4 pm every M&T FIRST FRIDAY in both the Jeffrey E. Gundlach or Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Buildings.

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