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 important to me for a million reasons. I’m so happy we have an accessible and welcoming place on campus not only to see gorgeous and renowned art in person, but a place to study, relax, gather, and escape from the chaos of Michigan.”

Mikki Dick - History of Art and Screen Arts and Cultures, class of 2018

Join the SEC

Become a member of the UMMA Student Engagement Council. 

Join the SEC

UMMA is looking for U-M students to join its Student Engagement Council (SEC). Learn more about the SEC, and apply for a position on the council! 

UMMA Student Engagement Council


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.

“When we met yesterday, my students told me they found the session at UMMA very stimulating and enlightening. Our experience with you further reinforces my feeling that we are indeed privileged to be at such an amazing and well-resourced institution!”

Jennifer Myers - Associate Director & Lecturer, Residential College; Lecturer in Psychology

Group Tours at UMMA

Learn more about options for exploring our collection during your visit


The UMMA Exchange: Stories Behind the Research

U-M graduate and undergraduate students worked alongside UMMA staff to document, research, and photograph more than 5,000 collections objects for the upcoming UMMA Exchange. 

Student research teams played a crucial role in improving the metadata of UMMA collection items.

Student researchers and UMMA staff of the UMMA Exchange team.


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 for free Family Art Studios and other family-friendly programming!