General Museum FAQs

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BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

WHERE CAN I PARK?

The museum does not operate its own parking lot. Public parking is available in the parking garage at 1900 16th St for $8 per hour (daytime max $20). We offer validated parking for $6 off when used before 4pm Tuesday-Friday. When used outside of these times, parking validation only applies if parked for an hour or less.

Limited meter parking is available on Delgany St.

DO I NEED TO RESERVE TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME?

At this time, reservations are not required and walk-ups are welcome. Tickets can be reserved ahead of time online or by contacting Visitor Services via email at ticketing@mcadenver.org or phone at 303-298-7554 during regular museum hours.

DO YOU HAVE GROUP ADMISSION RATES?

Yes. Our group rates are $8 for visitors of 10 or more. To arrange your visit, please email tours@mcadenver.org.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS ON ADMISSION?

We offer discounted rates for the following groups:

COLLEGE STUDENTS (W/ ID), TEACHERS, SENIORS 65+: $7; book online
ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY: Free in the summer under the Blue Star Museum Program; $7 all other seasons; book online

TEENS (13–18): Always free (underwritten by an anonymous donor); book online
CHILDREN 12 & UNDER: Always free; book online
PENNY SATURDAYS: Free admission for everyone the first Saturday of each month. Subject to availability. Book online.

Healthcare workers, SNAP beneficiaries, reciprocal museum members, and museum professionals: Always free. Call 303-298-7554 during regular museum hours or email ticketing@mcadenver.org to reserve.

Additionally, we are a part of the MY Denver Card. As a MY Denver Card partner, MCA Denver gives cardholders free general admission for themselves and up to 2 adult guests. Get yours today!

Finally, our members always get free admission. Learn more about membership starting at less than $2 per month.

DO YOU ALLOW DOGS IN THE MUSEUM?

Service animals are always welcome in the museum. We ask that other dogs remain at home.

CAN I BRING FOOD AND/OR DRINKS?

While we do not allow outside food and beverages in the museum, MCA Café & Bar is open every Tuesday–Sunday offering non-alcoholic beverages, a full bar, and small bites featuring exhibition-inspired originals and a rotating seasonal menu. We invite you to enjoy your refreshments in the cafe or on our rooftop deck. Drinks and food are prohibited in all of the galleries. If you are a member, be sure to let the staff know to get your exclusive discount!

IS THE MUSEUM WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes. MCA Denver’s galleries, offices, restrooms and public spaces are all wheelchair accessible. We have one wheelchair available for our guests. Please contact the museum to reserve one for your visit or for any additional arrangements.

DO YOU HAVE SEATING IN THE GALLERIES?

Benches designed by architect David Adjaye are available on every floor. Folding chairs are also available and any staff person can help with chair requests.

DOES THE MUSEUM HAVE ANY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR VISITORS WHO EXPERIENCE COLOR BLINDNESS?

MCA Denver is proud to offer four pairs of EnChroma glasses, specifically for red-green color blindness. Our glasses are hybrid versions of the EnChroma glasses and are made to work for most people regardless of what type of color blindness they experience. About 85% of people who experience color blindness notice a change in what they see. These glasses can be checked out free of charge at the front desk with an ID. Glasses are sanitized after each usage. Read more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

WHAT CAN I SEE WITH A TICKET TO THE MUSEUM?

Your ticket allows you to  explore all of our current exhibitions on all four floors of the museum. Plus, there are often exhibitions created by or in collaboration with our MCA Teens in the Idea Box on the top floor. Feel free to also explore the Octopus Initiative library on the main level, where you can peruse artwork that you can enter to win and borrow for ten months.

HOW ARE EXHIBITIONS CHOSEN AT MCA DENVER?

MCA Denver is a non-collecting institution, meaning we do not have any permanent exhibitions. Exhibitions rotate two to four times yearly and are typically on view for two to four months. Our curatorial team is committed to presenting compelling work by leading local, national, and international artists. Exhibitions are organized two to three years in advance.

IS PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED IN THE MUSEUM?

You are welcome to take photographs in the museum for your personal, non-commercial use, unless otherwise posted in a specific gallery. Flash photography and tripods are not permitted. Share your photos and videos on social media and tag us @mca_denver on Instagram or @mcadenver on TikTok.

All commercial or portrait shoots must be approved and scheduled in advance and must take place outside of regular museum hours. Rental and staffing fees may apply. Email rentals@mcadenver.org to learn more.

All photo requests, including requests for images of objects or the building for publication, can be directed to media@mcadenver.org.

WHERE CAN I STORE MY BACKPACK/COAT/LOAF OF BREAD?

Lockers are available on the first floor. Quarters can be requested from the Visitor Services Desk. We ask that all oversized items be stored in a locker – including backpacks, purses, coats, and shopping bags. Traveling from out of town? The front desk can store your luggage for you.

WHERE ARE THE BATHROOMS?

Gender-neutral restrooms can be found on the first level near the lockers to the right of the elevator and on the third floor in the café area behind the bar or in the Idea Box. Men’s and women’s restrooms can be found on the basement level to the left of the stairs.

DO YOU HAVE SEATING IN THE GALLERIES?

Benches designed by architect Sir David Adjaye OBE are available on every floor. Folding chairs are also available and any staff person and volunteer can help with chair requests.

LOOKING AT ART MAKES ME THIRSTY

While we do not allow outside food and beverages in the museum, MCA Café & Bar is open every Tuesday–Sunday offering non-alcoholic beverages, a full bar, and small bites featuring exhibition-inspired originals and a rotating seasonal menu. We invite you to enjoy your refreshments in the cafe or on our rooftop deck. Drinks and food are prohibited in all of the galleries. If you are a member, be sure to let the staff know to get your exclusive discount!

DOES THE MUSEUM HAVE ANY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR VISITORS WHO EXPERIENCE COLOR BLINDNESS?

MCA Denver is proud to offer four pairs of EnChroma glasses, specifically for red-green color blindness. Our glasses are hybrid versions of the EnChroma glasses and are made to work for most people regardless of what type of color blindness they experience. About 85% of people who experience color blindness notice a change in what they see. These glasses can be checked out free of charge at the front desk with an ID. Read more.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE ART

Check out our self-guided digital tours with audio, videos, and articles about our current exhibitions or ask one of our awesome gallery attendants! They’re well-versed on the art on view and are happy to answer any questions.

NOW I WANT MORE ART IN MY LIFE

Stop by our super cool gift shop on the main level by the front desk. You can also peruse and purchase from the shop online and follow the shop on Instagram for exclusive product drops.

Be sure to also explore the Octopus Initiative library on the main level or online, where you can peruse artwork that you can enter to win and borrow for ten months.

OTHER QUESTIONS

DO YOU ACCEPT ARTIST SUBMISSIONS?

MCA Denver does not select exhibitions based on unsolicited submissions. We regret we do not have a formal artist submission process to review these materials. Submitted exhibition proposals will not be returned.

CAN YOU APPRAISE WORKS OF ART?

No. You can find a certified appraiser at www.appraisers.org.

CAN’T FIND THE “A” TO YOUR “Q”?

Email visitorservices@mcadenver.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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