Advanced reservations are required to visit the museum. Click the button below to reserve your timed-entry tickets. Upon completion of your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email with a QR code, which must be shown at the museum entrance for admission. 

Tickets

General admission is always free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Find other admission information on our Visit page >

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we operate the museum differently to ensure a safe environment for our visitors and staff.  

Specific guidelines for attending programs and events can be found below.

Each of us plays a role in a safe museum visit, with social distancing and additional health and safety precautions in place. The current CDC COVID-19 community level in our area is HIGH. The CDC strongly recommends wearing a mask in all public indoor areas regardless of vaccination status.

We prepared for our operations during the pandemic in partnership with NSF International. This was a thorough process, one that considered many variables including state and city guidelines, close coordination with city government and cultural center institutions, and ongoing discussions with our own staff and museum peers around the world. 

Before you Arrive

The DIA will adhere to the protocols below:

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Masks are strongly recommended for all visitors and staff, based on CDC guidance.

 

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Face masks, proof of vaccination or negative test are required to attend events in the Studio, DFT Auditorium, or Lecture Hall and for all private events.

 

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Social distancing required

 

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Crystal Gallery Café closed | Café DIA and Kresge Court open with limited options

 

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No Large Bags or Backpacks; Coat Check closed

 

  • Advance timed tickets are required. Click here to get your tickets >
  • The current CDC COVID-19 community level in our area is HIGH. The CDC strongly recommends wearing a mask in all public indoor areas regardless of vaccination status.
  • Proof of vaccination or negative test required to attend events in the Studio, DFT Auditorium, or Lecture Hall and for all private events.
  • If you are showing signs of illness at any time, please visit at a later date.
  • Social distancing is required; parties may remain together; children must stay with adults at all times.
  • Use of some elevators will be limited; visitors who are able are encouraged to use stairs.
  • Social-distancing markers in place at the designated visitor entrance and elsewhere.
  • Acrylic panels in front of the admissions and information desks and the museum shop cashier station.
  • A no-touch or low-touch visitor experience.
  • Enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day; hand-sanitizer units stationed throughout the building.
  • Coat check is not available; large bags are not permitted; no baby backpacks or children on shoulders; soft front-facing carriers and strollers are allowed.
  • Click this link > for more information on what food options are available; outside food and drink is not permitted. 
  • Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available at the John R and Farnsworth entrances.
  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is extremely contagious.
  • In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all the precautions listed above.

The Detroit Film Theatre asks that audiences follow these requirements and be aware of the measures we’re taking to promote a safe cinema experience. As community health conditions evolve, we’ll adhere to guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, City of Detroit, and State of Michigan health authorities, and best practices set by the Detroit Institute of Arts in partnership with NSF International. All Covid prevention policies are subject to change; visit dia.org or phone 313.833.3237 for the latest details and updates on all DFT programs and Covid-19 prevention policies prior to attending events.

Visitor Requirements

  • To attend screenings and events at the DFT, visitors will be required to show at the door a current photo ID and proof of full vaccination in one of the following forms:
    • original vaccination card or photocopy
    • clear image of vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device
    • documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider or the MDHHS Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR)
  • If you have a disability or sincerely held religious belief that prevents you from being vaccinated, you must present a negative COVID test result for entry. The test result must be from either a PCR test taken within 7 days of entry or from an antigen ("rapid") test taken within 6 hours of entry. Test results can be presented in either paper or electronic form. The test must have been administered by a testing center such as a lab, pharmacy, urgent care or the like. Home testing kit results will not be accepted for entry.
  • All theater visitors, staff, and volunteers will be required to wear a mask once inside the lobby and throughout the program in the theater. Masks will be provided when needed.
  • Children under 5 who cannot yet be vaccinated may attend screenings accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult and must wear a mask.
  • No food or beverages will be allowed in the theater except for bottled water.

DFT COVID Prevention Measures

  • Theater capacity will be limited to 30% to increase audience distancing.
  • Purchasing advance tickets online at dia.org is highly recommended; this will save time and reduce contact.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the theater.
  • The DFT HVAC system is now equipped with MERV-13 filters to reduce airborne viruses and other airborne pathogens.
  • DFT staff and volunteers have been trained to adhere to enhanced cleaning and Covid19 prevention protocols in the theater, restrooms, front lobby and common areas.
  • The Crystal Gallery Café is closed until further notice.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with anyone known to have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19, please cancel your visit to the theatre—we will fully refund your order.

 

Can I just show up or do I need a reservation? 

Timed tickets should be reserved in advance online or by calling 313-833-4005. A limited number of tickets are available for each time slot to control capacity. Please consider the museum's closing time when making your reservation.  

How do I make my reservation? 

Click here to reserve your timed ticket or call 313-833-4005. 

Is there a time limit for my visit? 

Visitors are welcome to stay as long as they want. Please arrive within 10 minutes of your reserved ticket time.  

Do I have to wear a mask? 

The current CDC COVID-19 community level in our area is HIGH. The CDC strongly recommends wearing a mask in all public indoor areas regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required for guests and team members inside of the Detroit Film Theatre, in the Studio, in the Lecture Hall, and for scheduled tours.

Have the entrances and exits changed? 

All visitors will enter at the Farnsworth or John R entrances. Visitors may exit at Farnsworth, John R, Woodward or Kirby.  

Can I still get food and drink at Café DIA or Kresge Court?  

Kresge Court and Café DIA are open with a limited menu. Outside food and beverage is not permitted. 

Will the DIA Shop still be open?  

The DIA Shop will be open with limited capacity. The Shop is open for 30 minutes after the museum closes. 

What will my visit look like? 

Visitor capacity will be reduced and controlled at all locations. Social-distancing markers will be in place at the designated visitor entrance and elsewhere. Visitors can expect a no-touch or low-touch experience.  

What protocols are in place for interacting with staff? 

Acrylic panels will be installed in front of the admissions and information desks and the museum shop cashier station.  

What sanitation protocols are in place?  

Enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces will be conducted throughout the day; hand-sanitizer units are stationed throughout the building. All high-touch interactives have been converted to no-touch where possible or removed from the galleries.  

Will coat check or lockers be available? 

Lockers are available in the John R lobby, while coat check remains closed; large bags are not permitted; no baby backpacks or children on shoulders; soft front-facing carriers and strollers are allowed. Unstaffed and unsecured coat racks are available in Prentis Court. 

Are wheelchairs or motorized scooters available? 

Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available at the John R and Farnsworth entrances.

Will there be a limit on groups? 

Groups, including school field trips, are currently not permitted.  

What added safety measures are being done to ensure the health of DIA visitors? 

The DIA contracted with NSF International to develop a set of processes and protocols for ensuring the health and safety of our visitors and staff.  

Will there be docents and volunteers available to give tours? 

No tours will be offered at this time.  

What do I do if I start feeling ill while at the museum? 

Please report to a security officer who will assist you.