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Franconia Sculpture Park Tour Program
Explore and learn about sculpture with Franconia artists

Tour Program Highlights
• Tours available May-October, Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm. See tour types below for detailed information
• Tours take place throughout the outdoor 43-acre sculpture exhibition
• Participants are encouraged to interact with the large-scale sculptures to learn about materials, concepts,   aesthetics, and techniques
• Tours often include a visit to the outdoor studio to learn about works-in-progress and the creative process from   Franconia’s artists-in residence

General Tour Information  +
Franconia’s Tour Facilities
• The entire tour is outdoors. Please prepare for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
• There are public restrooms onsite, but no public drinking fountains. There is bottled water for sale in the
  fridge near the silver information booth.
• We offer several picnic tables at the park. Bring a lunch or snack for before or after your tour.

Youth and School Groups
• We ask that youth groups bring 1 adult chaperone per every 20 school aged students.
• We maintain a ratio of 1 tour guide per 20 participants. Groups of 20 or more will be divided between guides.

Considerations
• For the safety of visitors and the preservation of the artwork, climbing on sculptures is prohibited, but many
  of the works on exhibit offer opportunity for touch and interaction.
• If anyone in your group has mobility needs, there are golf carts available for those who need assistance
  touring the exhibition.
• Photography is permitted.

Cancellations, Delays, or Rescheduling
Franconia provides tours rain or shine. Please call (651) 257-6668 or email shelbymatula@franconia.org to reschedule your tour or notify us of a delay in your arrival. In the event of severe weather conditions, we will contact you to reschedule your tour

Tour Fees & Community Grants
• Tour fees range from $3 per participant to $5 per participant. Chaperones, teachers & other guides are exempt   from the tour fee.
• We offer Community Tour Grants to qualifying organizations & schools. To receive guided tour fee   assistance,please fill out all sections of the Tour Request Form, which will include information on the population   that your organization serves. Tour scholarships for youth groups and schools located in Polk and Burnett   counties are made possible through a generous grant from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative Operation
  Round-Up®.

Franconia's Best Walking Tour   +
May through October
60 minutes
Available Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm
Participants: 10 minimum - 100 maximum
Fee: $3 per participant


Participate in an artist-led tour of the ever-changing exhibition of 100+ sculptures. This is the quintessential Franconia tour that will provide your group with an overview of the park and help you learn more about the artists and sculptures. Tour guides encourage group discussion and facilitate active participation as well as critical thinking from visitors.

Observe and Interpret Guided Tours     +
May through October
90 minutes
Available: Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm
Participants: 10 minimum - 75 maximum
Fee: $5 per participant


Your group will be lead by a resident artist throughout the 100+ sculpture exhibit, where you will have the opportunity to interact with large scale artwork and visit the active outdoor studio space. An art making activity is included in Observe and Interpret tours to encourage tour participants to actively engage in looking at sculpture and to help spur focused conversations on the art making process.
• K-3rd Grade: Paper to the Max
This tour is recommended for younger students age groups. Students will focus on what separates sculpture from other visual art forms and be asked to use this knowledge to construct abstract paper sculptures.
• 4-5 Grade: Focus on Fabrication
Students will focus on using a slot & groove technique to construct sculptures from mat board, cardboard, and other materials. Using information gleaned from the tour on what sculpture is and some of the elements and principles used to create it, students will be challenged to create something in three-dimensions without using glue.
• 6-8 Grade: Art on the Move
Not all sculpture sits on the ground. During the sculpture making portion of this tour, students will use wire, string, and found objects to create a mobile that has literal and figurative balance. Students will also visit a few kinetic sculptures on their tour for inspiration.
• 9-12 Grade: Represented in Wire
Using wire designed for sculpture making, students will be asked to use gestural and contour lines, as well as, positive and negative space to create representational sculpture.

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Free Sunday Guided Tours    +

• Meet your tour guide at the silver information center in the parking lot to learn about the sculptures and artists at   Franconia by participating in an hour-long guided tour.
• Explore the 43-acre sculpture exhibition of 100+ large-scale sculptures. • Visit with Franconia’s
  artists-in-residence in the outdoor studio and learn about works-in-progress.
• Discover the ideas, concepts, themes, and processes of the work with behind-the-scenes information from your   tour guide.
• Donations are welcome and encouraged to help sustain Franconia’s Tour Programs


This activity is funded, in part, through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

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Free Self-Guided Tours    +
Franconia is open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year for self-guided tours.
Suggested Activities
• Start in the Information Center to learn about Franconia’s history, programs, and upcoming events.
• Read the posted signs at each sculpture to find out information on the artist, and the materials used
• Visit the outdoor studio and talk with the artists about what they are creating. Feel free to ask, “what are you   making?!”
• Check out our online activities. Print out a scavenger hunt or sculpture crossword puzzle and bring it with on   your visit.

Accessibility    +
The grounds are flat with gravel trails and mowed paths. All trails are passable by electrically powered chairs, but some trails are strenuous for manual chairs. We offer accessible parking and restroom facilities. We also have golf carts available for those who require mobility assistance touring the exhibition. Please call (651) 257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to inquire about golf-carts during your visit.