Hours and Admission

What are the ICA’s hours?

Gallery + Shop
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, 10 am – 8 pm
First Fridays, 10 am – 9 pm
Closed Monday

Tuesday-Saturday, 8 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, 8 am – 8 pm
First Fridays, 8 am – 9 pm
Closed Monday

Is the ICA free?
Admission to ICA exhibitions is always free, but space may be limited. Be sure to reserve your free timed ticket for exhibitions. Except for opening weekend (April 21-22, 2018), visitors will not need a timed ticket to enter the Forum, cafe, and shop. See more about timed ticketing below.


Is there parking at the ICA?
Two-hour paid parking is available in the lot adjacent to the ICA, at the corner of Grace and Pine streets. Paid VCU parking decks are nearby at 1111 W. Broad Street and 801 W. Main Street.

We encourage you to bike, walk, or use public transit. Plan your trip using Richmond public transit (GRTC)


Do I need a ticket to visit the building or exhibition?
During our public grand opening weekend (April 21–22, 2018), everyone wishing to enter the building will need a free timed ticket. Note that on April 21, Block Party festivities outside of the ICA are free, open to the public, and do not require a ticket.

Beginning April 24, you will not need a ticket to enter the building, visit the shop, or eat in the cafe, but free timed tickets still will be required to view the exhibition.

Programs, events, and certain tours require tickets, as well. Check the specific event page for more information.

We strongly encourage you to reserve your ticket online ahead of time. Walk up tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, depending on occupancy levels.

Do I need a ticket to attend a program?
Yes, usually. Visit the program page for information, ticketing requirements, and to reserve a ticket. Events in the ICA Auditorium do not include gallery admission. An additional free timed ticket is required to view exhibitions.

I have a timed ticket for the exhibition. What time should I arrive?
Admission entry is guaranteed up to thirty minutes after ticket time. If you arrive early, take a moment to visit the shop, grab a coffee at the cafe, or enjoy the Thinking Field.

Why do I need a timed ticket for admission to the exhibition?
We want everyone to have a safe, positive experience at the ICA, and timed tickets are one of the ways we can ensure that happens.

I have a timed ticket for a public program. What time should I arrive?
Please plan to arrive early. ICA Auditorium doors open 15 minutes in advance of programs. Attendees arriving more than 10 minutes after start time forfeit their ticket.

Do children require ticket?
Yes, unless they will be carried by a parent or caregiver or can be held in a lap.

Children and Families

Are children allowed inside the ICA?
Children are welcome, but those younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibitions contain content that adults may wish to preview before visiting with children.

Are there family friendly restrooms?
Yes, three family friendly restrooms are available. A Visitor Experience Associate can help you locate the nearest one. Note that a diaper changing station is located in the lower level family restroom only.


Is the ICA accessible?
Yes. The ICA is accessible to those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. All galleries and the auditorium are accessible by elevator.

Service animals are permitted.


What if I get hungry while I am at the ICA?
Ellwood Thompson’s at the ICA offers delicious, healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and in between. Open at 8am, Tuesday-Sunday. Beer and wine available after noon. Please, no outside food in the cafe.

Note that food and beverages are not permitted in the gallery.

Tours and Groups

Are there tours of the building and exhibitions available?
The ICA offers a number of tour options, including self-guided mobile tours. Please see the Learn section of our website for more information.

I am taking a tour with a group. Where should I go?
Please check in at the Welcome Desk. Passenger drop-off is located on Pine Street between Grace and Broad streets. Please enter through the Thinking Field entrance.

What can I bring?

Do you have a coat check?
The ICA has a limited number of storage lockers for personal belongings. Consider leaving large parcels, items, and book bags at home. They are not permitted inside the galleries.

The following items are not permitted in the galleries:

  • Food and beverages
  • Pens and markers
  • Skateboards
  • Umbrellas
  • Bags and purses larger than 16” x 13” x 9”
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Selfie sticks, tripods, monopods
  • Signs or placards

Single wide, standard strollers are permitted.

Can I sketch in the galleries?
Please use sketchbooks smaller than 11 x 17 inches and a pencil. Pencils are available at the welcome desk.


Can I take photos in the galleries?
Yes! Non-flash personal photography is allowed. For commercial or media purposes, please contact Visitor Services: ica@vcu.edu.

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Even More

I love the ICA. How do I get more involved?
Become a member! Our membership program is an invitation to the entire community to join, engage, and discover how art can have a meaningful impact on your life.

Who designed your building, and how can I learn more about it?
The Markel Center at the Institute for Contemporary Art was designed by Steven Holl Architects. Check out the About section for more information.

How do you select the exhibitions?

In support of the ICA’s mission, members of our curatorial staff organize exhibitions and occasionally bring projects organized by other institutions to Richmond. The ICA does not accept unsolicited proposals from individuals.

Can I bring my pet?
Sorry, no. Pets are not allowed inside the ICA. Leashed service animals are permitted.

I can’t find the answer to my question. Now what?
Please call or email. We are happy to provide assistance and information.
ica@vcu.edu | 804.828.2823