Experience art. Connect with people. Find personal relevance in the art of today. Look closely and discover ideas expressed in art throughout history and across cultures. Be challenged, and engage in active learning.

The above are only some of the motivations that attracted more than 32,000 people to participate in both formal and informal learning experiences at UMMA. From U-M class visits and student events, to concerts, gallery conversations and lectures or family oriented programming like Storytime or Family Art Studio, UMMA offers visitors of all ages inspiring ways to dive deeper, relax and de-stress, or take time to be curious and wonder about all that art offers.


Student Engagement

What makes UMMA a unique part of the university community is the degree to which students are engaged with every aspect of the Museum—contributing in creative and imaginative ways that in turn have a substantive impact on UMMA’s public engagement and the visitor experience. Through the Student Engagement Council, and student docents, interns and research associates, UMMA shapes the scholars and leaders of the next generation. 


“UMMA is not just the local art museum, it is my museum: a resource, creative outlet, and source of pride.”

– Sarah Kang, Microbiology and History of Art, Class of 2015

U-M Student Events

Visit the Museum for an upcoming student event!

Student Engagement Council

Student Engagement Council

Get experience working in a museum and ensure that U-M students have a voice at UMMA. Plan events, develop creative projects, and go behind-the-scenes at UMMA.


Teaching and Learning

UMMA is expanding the frame of University learning: increasing numbers of instructors are integrating art into their teaching in departments and schools across the University.

Whether for U-M and other university instructors and students, for K-12 students and teachers, or adult learning, UMMA staff and Docents design experiences to serve as catalysts for cross-disciplinary learning and “thinking through art.” UMMA offers diverse entry points to the art of today as well as from the global histories represented in UMMA’s collections and exhibitions.

“I'm still new to the lingo at UM, but I think the term "Michigan difference" definitely applies to my experience here this year. I know that my students were profoundly moved and transformed by their visits to UMMA this academic year.”

Kira Thurman - Assistant Professor of History, German at U-M

Group Tours at UMMA

Learn more about options for exploring our collection during your visit


Exploring University Learning at UMMA

Many U of M schools and colleges invite students to explore university learning in residential programs lasting one to many weeks. UMMA’s comprehensive collections and multi-faceted approaches to teaching enrich these programs in many and, perhaps, some unexpected ways. 

Public service poster creation.

Health sciences students make posters on the themes of health and well-being in preparation for creating a public service video later in their residency.


Public Programs

UMMA has built partnerships across campus and beyond to offer the campus community and the public an annual array of dynamic and engaging public programs. These programs offer a broad range of opportunities to participate and explore, learn and create. Over four dozen partnerships ensure that what is relevant to today’s world is explored in and through art. Events include gallery conversations and lectures, concerts and performances, lectures and UMMA Dialogues, film screenings, classes, group tours, Storytime and Family Art Studio as well as the Meet Me programs for people living with memory loss.

“This is a top notch experience. The leaders are engaging & knowledgeable. The art project is directed at all ages, the instructions are simple. So much room for open-ended creativity. For my kids, the bridge between looking at art in the museum and making their own is priceless.”

–Family Art Studio participant

Family Art Studio

Join us Saturday, Feb. 11 for UMMA's free Family Art Studio, Creatures In the Collection!