Advanced reservations are required to visit the museum. Click the button below to reserve your timed-entry tickets:

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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. 

Hours will be reduced to allow for additional cleaning each week. The DIA will be open from 9-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We welcome high-risk visitors from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.

With the galleries of the DIA scheduled to open again, each of us plays a role in a safe reopening, with social distancing, face masks, and additional health and safety precautions in place. Virtual films, family activities, and other online programs continue to be offered each Monday through DIA at Home. Click here to subscribe >

We have been thoughtfully preparing for our reopening in partnership with NSF International. This has been a thorough process, one that considers many variables and takes into account 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. We recognize that circumstances may change at any moment. But we remain hopeful that we will be able to serve our public under the safest possible conditions and new norms.

Before you Arrive

The DIA will adhere to the protocols below:

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Face mask required

 

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Temperature check required

 

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Social distancing required

 

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Café and Kresge Court closed

 

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No Large Bags; Coat Check closed

 

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Credit and Debit Card Only; No Cash
  • Advance timed tickets are required. Click here to get your tickets >
  • Face masks must be worn by all visitors older than 3, and by all staff members.
  • Temperature checks required for visitors and staff prior to entry, using a socially distanced reader.
  • Visitors showing signs of illness at any time will be asked to return at a later date.
  • Social distancing is required and will be enforced; 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.
  • Credit or debit cards only; no cash permitted for any on-site purchases.
  • Visitor capacity will be reduced and controlled at all locations; specific entrances and exits will be designated for gallery suites.
  • There will be a single designated visitor entrance, at Farnsworth between Woodward and John R.
  • 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.
  • The Café and Kresge Court are closed at this time; outside food and drink are not permitted.
  • Wheelchairs and motorized scooters, in limited numbers, are available for temporary use during your visit; please notify an attendant in the lobby.
  • 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.

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.  

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.  

Are hours of operation changing?  

Hours will be reduced to allow for additional cleaning each week. The DIA will be open from 9-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We welcome at-risk visitors from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.  

Do I have to wear a mask? 

Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 3, as well as staff and contractors.  

Will my temperature be checked? 

All visitors will have their temperature checked at entry using a touchless thermal imaging camera. All staff and contractors have their temperature checked when they enter the building. Visitors who are not feeling well should visit at another time.  

Are any parts of the museum closed? 

The entire museum will be open, but access to gallery suites will be through a single entrance and exit. 

Have the entrances and exits changed? 

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

How many people are allowed in the building at once? 

For the first week, we will admit 50 visitors per half hour, and will reassess that number moving forward. 

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

Café DIA and Kresge Court remain closed at this time. Outside food and beverage is not permitted. 

Will the DIA Shop still be open?  

The DIA Shop will be open with limited capacity. No cash will be accepted; credit/debit cards only. 

What will my visit look like? 

Visitor capacity will be reduced and controlled at all locations; specific entrances and exits will be designated for gallery suites. 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? 

Coat check and lockers are not available; large bags are not permitted; no baby backpacks or children on shoulders; soft front-facing carriers and strollers are allowed.  

Are wheelchairs or motorized scooters available? 

Wheelchairs and motorized scooters, in limited numbers, will be available for temporary visitor use; visitors will notify an attendant in the lobby.  

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 all onsite events and experiences be operating?  

At this time, there will be no programs or activities available. Virtual films, family activities, and other online programs continue to be offered each Monday through DIA at Home. Click here to subscribe.  

Will there be docents and volunteers available to give tours? 

No tours will be offered at this time.  

Are you extending memberships? 

All memberships have automatically been extended two months. 

Is the museum still going to produce family-friendly activities, such as gallery games and storytelling events? 

At this time, there will be no programs or activities available. Virtual films, family activities, and other online programs continue to be offered each Monday through DIA at Home. Click here to subscribe.  

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

Please report to a security officer who will assist you. 

Is there a new schedule of exhibitions for the rest of 2020-2021? 

Many exhibitions have been extended or rescheduled. For the most up-to-date information, visit our Exhibitions page.  

September 17, 2020

A contractor who was in the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Friday, September 11, 2020, subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The person was not exhibiting symptoms while in the museum or prior. Because of the nature of the person’s work, there was no close contact with the individual and any DIA employees and there was no contact with visitors. As an added precautionary measure, the DFT and Crystal Gallery were closed and thoroughly sanitized. No other museum areas were impacted.