Visit -|- Frequently Asked Questions


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

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

Is the ICA free?
Admission to ICA exhibitions is always free. Certain programs may require advance registration.


Is there parking at the ICA?
Two-hour paid parking is available in the ‘QQ’ 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?
Exhibitions are free and don’t require a ticket. Programs, events, and certain tours do require tickets. Check the specific event page for more information.

Do I need a ticket to attend a program?
Yes, usually. Visit the program page for information, ticketing requirements, and to reserve a ticket.

I have a 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.

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 may 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?
The ICA Shop offers delicious snacks and drinks throughout the day. Open at 10am, Tuesday-Sunday. Please, no outside food in the cafe.

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

Tours and Groups

Are there tours of the building and exhibitions available?
To learn more about tour options, email

What can I bring?

Do you have a coat check?
The ICA has a 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:

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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. | 804.828.2823