Each year, the Local Arrangements Chairs work diligently to offer tours for those interested in experiencing sociology in the host city. These optional tours are open to all attendees of the MSS Annual Meeting.

Tour tickets may be purchased via the link below during the advance registration period ending March 1st.

  • Purchase tour tickets before March 1st. Limited seating available!
  • You may wish to buy tour tickets AFTER  the final program is published in January, to make sure you are not scheduled for a presentation or meeting during the tour you wish to take. Tour tickets are not refundable after March 1st.
  • Yes, you can complete advance registration now and purchase tour tickets at a later date. 
  • Tour tickets will appear as separate invoices and, thus, separate charges to your credit card.


See the 2018 tour opportunities below. Purchase tickets at the link below.

Purchase Tour Tickets


Museum of Russian Art

Friday, March 23, 1:15pm-4:30pm

Take some time away from the conference hotel to experience Russian art, history and culture at the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA). As noted by the Museum’s website (, “Through the universal language of art, visitors to TMORA explore new and unique perspectives on Russia, a country with a recorded history that spans over one thousand years.” This experience will include a guided tour of the Museum.

CAPACITY:  30          FEE:   $25

Organizer: Hui Wilcox, St. Catherine's University


Family Tree Clinic

Saturday, March 24, 9:30am-Noon

Family Tree Clinic’s mission is to cultivate a healthy community through comprehensive sexual health care and education. Join us for a site visit at Family Tree Clinic, a Minneapolis-based organization that provides reproductive and sexual health services for the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community, the LGBTQ community, and the underserved population. During the site visit, you will have the opportunity to learn about the work the organizations does, how they do it and, maybe most importantly, why they serve the community in this capacity. In addition to a panel discussion, they will offer a brief tour of their clinic. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in public health careers and community impact.

*Family Tree Clinic is a 2018 recipient of the Social Action Award.

CAPACITY:  30         FEE:  $20

Organizer: LaShaune Johnson, Creighton University


Somali Museum & Mercado Central

Saturday, March 24, 1:15pm-4:30pm

Mercado Central ( is a thriving marketplace in the center of Minneapolis, interested in fostering business development for Latinos. Learn more about the history of the Mercado and the Latino community while enjoying a snack or beverage from the local vendors. After a visit to the Mercado, join us for another cultural experience.

The largest Somali diaspora community in the United States lives in Minneapolis. The Somali Museum of Minnesota provides a unique experience to learn about Somali traditional culture through art and educational programming. The museum’s mission is to use their collection as an educational tool for young Somalis in the US to connect with their traditional culture, as well as to bring that culture to other Minnesotans.

*Purchases at Mercado Central are the responsibility of the attendee.

CAPACITY: 20    FEE:   $25

Organizer: Erika Busse, Macalester College


Brewery Crawl and Tours

Saturday, March 24, 6pm-10pm

Minnesotans seem to know how to brew – and we get to enjoy it! With over 100 breweries throughout the state, this tour will take you on a taste of what Minneapolis has to offer. You will have an opportunity to learn about the brewing industry, sample some local fare and maybe even catch a bite from a local food truck on the way! All breweries on the tour will offer beer by large (pint) or small (half pint and sometimes 4 oz) pours, so sampling is possible!

*A signed liability waiver is required to attend this tour. Tour attendees must be 21 years of age. Purchases of food and beverage are the responsibility of the attendee.

CAPACITY:  20      FEE:   $25

Organizer:  Joe Gerteis, University of Minnesota