Service dogs and service dogs-in-training are welcome to visit. The dog must always be under physical or voice control of the handler and all other policies of the museum apply.
Emotional support, comfort, therapy, and companionship are not qualified as service tasks for a person with a disability and therefore are not allowed in the museum.
Pets are allowed on the grounds of the museum so long as they are always leashed and under the control of the handler. Please help keep our grounds clean by picking up after your pets.
Please do not leave any pets in your vehicle during your visit to the DIA. For the protection of our four-legged friends, we may contact law enforcement if an animal is left in a vehicle and appears to be in distress.
The DIA strives to provide a safe, family-friendly experience for all visitors. Therefore, overly revealing clothing or clothing with graphic depictions are prohibited on museum grounds, and all visitors must wear appropriate footwear while in the museum.
Visitors may not wear masks, costumes, hoods, or full-face paint in the museum.
For the safety of all visitors and to protect the collection, all bags are subject to inspection at each entrance as well as anytime in the museum. We ask all visitors to review the prohibited items list before arriving to avoid delays.
Backpacks larger than a standard “school-type” backpack, such as those used for hiking or travel, should be checked at our complimentary Coat Check at the Woodward and Farnsworth entrances or stored in free public lockers at the John R entrance. Please review our coat check guidelines before your visit.
To protect the collection, all backpacks must be worn on the front or carried in hand by your side. Nothing may be carried on the back, or over or atop the shoulders in the museum.
All packages and parcels should be delivered to the loading dock on John R Street.
For the safety of our collection, we do not permit works of art that are not coming on approved loan to enter the museum.
The staff at the DIA cannot provide appraisals of works of art. Please visit the following websites for referrals to appropriate resources. In providing this list, the DIA in no way makes any kind of recommendation or endorsement of the companies listed.
- The Appraisers Association of America
- DuMouchelle's (Detroit-area auction house)
- American Society of Appraisers
- International Society of Appraisers
If you are considering a gift to the museum, please contact our Registration Department to start the conversation by calling (313) 833-7900.
Personal cameras and candid photography are allowed throughout the museum unless indicated on a specific piece of art or at the entrance to an exhibition. Please turn flashes off while in the galleries and leave any additional photography equipment at home, including tripods, monopods, selfie sticks and the like.
Professional photography inside the museum is only permitted for groups who have reserved the museum for an event. The Events & Food Services Office will help coordinate the times and locations when professional photography is allowed for each event.
Professional posed photography is not permitted in the museum. This includes, but is not limited to, family photos, advertising photography, wedding photos, engagement photos, graduation photos, and fashion shoots.
Professional photography is permitted on the grounds of the museum. Photography may not disrupt the operation or programming of the museum. For this reason, the marble staircase of the Detroit Film Theatre is closed for professional photography during film screenings and events in the DFT. Please check the DFT schedule for film times.
Drones may not be flown over the museum or its grounds at any time.
Commercial photo shoots may be arranged through Events & Food Services Office and must take place outside of public hours. Rental fees and security costs will apply.
Editorial photo shoots may be arranged through the Marketing & Communications Department by calling (313) 833-7963. There may be a cost required based on the scope and if staff assistance is deemed necessary by the DIA.
For your safety and comfort, and to protect the collection, we ask that the following items be left at home or in your vehicle:
- Outside beverages – personal water bottles may be brought into the museum empty
- Flashlights, laser pointers, and other things that emit light
- External speakers or sound amplification devices
- Anything designed for or capable of flight
- Photography equipment other than a handheld camera. This includes tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, lighting, or cabling
- Art supplies other than graphite pencils and kneaded erasers
The DIA reserves the right to prohibit additional items with or without advance notice.
You are welcome to sketch and draw in the galleries with graphite pencils and kneaded erasers. Pens, colored or lead pencils, paints, rubber erasers, and other art supplies are not permitted. Please bring all supplies with their original packaging.
If you are coming to sketch on your own, please bring a clipboard or lap board as floors, walls, or pedestals cannot be used for writing, sketching, or drawing. Oversized portfolios are not permitted.
To help ensure the best experience for our visitors, unsanctioned tours or activities must defer to DIA tours and activities and may not disrupt museum operations or activities. All museum guidelines apply.
The DIA has one of the largest, most significant art collections in the United States. If you are coming to see a specific piece, we encourage you to check out our online collections to be sure it is on view.
The DIA cannot guarantee access to all or any gallery, space, or object during your visit.
Visitors are encouraged to find personal meaning in our vast collection, but please respect and adhere to these guidelines while doing so:
- Do not touch the artwork, frames, cases, mounts or platforms
- Do not sit, stand, lean or place any object on cases, sculptures, barriers, platforms, or walls
- Remain at least 18 inches away from all artwork. Please do not gesture within 18 inches of artwork.
- Do not cross stanchions, barriers, or platforms.
The museum uses different technologies to monitor and enforce proximity policies. Some galleries have audible alerts that let visitors know when they have gotten too close. Repeated activation of these systems, and any failure to observe the above guidelines, may result in removal from the museum.
Complimentary Coat Check is available at the Woodward and Farnsworth entrances. Additionally, complimentary public lockers are available at the John R entrance on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Please note that the following items may not be checked:
- Musical instruments
- Food and beverage
- Scooters, skateboards, and bikes
- Prohibited items
If you forget to claim your checked items before the museum closes, please contact our Lost & Found desk to arrange pick-up.
The DIA reserves the right to refuse to check any item at Coat Check with or without advance notice.
- Strollers and wagons are welcome in the museum and permanent galleries. Some special exhibitions may restrict the use of strollers or wagons. Please call (313) 833-7900 for more information.
- Complimentary umbrella strollers are available at all public entrances on a first-come, first-serve basis. A complimentary stroller may be checked out with a valid, government-issued photo ID at the Coat Check desk at each entrance
- New mothers are welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the museum. A private room with a power supply, changing table, and diaper disposal is located on the first floor at the Farnsworth Entrance if you would prefer privacy. Bottle feeding should be conducted outside of the galleries as bottled liquids are not allowed in the galleries. We invite you to enjoy Rivera Court, Great Hall, any entrance lobby, Kresge Court, or the CaféDIA for bottle feeding.
- Changing stations are available in all multi-stall public restrooms.
- Child carriers are allowed but the child must be positioned on the front. Children may not be carried on the back or shoulders.
- All children under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 21.
- Walk, do not run, while inside the museum. Running, horseplay, and the use of wheeled shoes is permitted on the outside grounds, but not inside the DIA.
The DIA offers a wide range of food and beverage options in the CaféDIA and Kresge Court. Unfortunately, no outside beverages are allowed in the museum. Personal water bottles may be brought into the museum so long as they are empty. Water stations are available in the CaféDIA and Kresge Court, but please do not consume beverages, food, gum, or candy outside of these spaces. Families with small children may bring in bottled milk and formula.
For a quick sip of water, drinking fountains are available throughout the museum near the restrooms.
Food, beverages, chewing gum, and candy are not allowed in the galleries.
The DIA is a great place to spend a rainy day, but please tuck small umbrellas away in a purse or bag. Large umbrellas must be checked at a complimentary Coat Check desk.
Multi-stall restrooms are located on each floor of the museum. Pick up a visitor map or ask a staff member to find the nearest restroom.
An all-gender restroom is available on the first floor in the Learning Center near the John R entrance.
- Skateboards and roller skates must stay in contact with the ground — no grinding, jumping, or disruptive behavior is allowed on DIA property.
- Animals must always be on a leash and under the control of the handler. Leashes may not be tied or attached to anything on DIA property. All pet waste must be cleaned up by the handler.
- Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of all doors and entrances. Please discard smoking waste in designated waste containers.
- Please do not climb or play on tables, sculptures, walls, landscaping beds, fixtures, or the building.
- Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the grounds of the museum any time of day. Please keep all activities on the grass and do not enter gravel areas or landscaping beds.
- Please do not approach the exterior windows of the museum at any time. This includes animals.
The principles of diversity, inclusion, and equal access apply to all aspects of the DIA’s operations and across all categories of individuals. Verbally abusive, harassing, discriminatory, or threatening language, statements, or behavior toward DIA staff, volunteers, or other visitors are prohibited.
Additionally, the following behavior is not permitted:
- Do not touch art or introduce any harmful foreign substance to the museum.
- Do not enter any restricted areas, such as stepping beyond barriers or entering non-public spaces.
- No smoking or vaping inside the museum. Smoking and vaping must be done outside and at least 25 feet from any door.
- Do not consume chewing tobacco inside the museum.
- Do not engage in any activity that disrupts the experience for other visitors or the operation of the museum, including but not limited to:
- Unauthorized performances or tours
- Loud conversation, including in person or the use of speaker phone
- Do not sit or stand on or lean over ledges or rails surrounding open-air balconies.
- Please be mindful of others by always keeping doorways and hallways accessible.
Visitors are expected to always follow instruction of DIA staff. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in removal from DIA grounds.
Did you forget something? Not to worry, we may have it in our lost and found. Please call (313) 833-7905 to see if we picked up your item. We hang on to most items for six months.
The DIA is committed to keeping you safe during your visit. If you need help, locate the nearest employee or Museum Security Officer.
Anyone can report suspicious or hazardous situations to the DIA’s Museum Operations Center by calling (313) 833-1454. Please do not call this number for information about an emergency.
While rare, there are circumstances under which the DIA may need to be evacuated. You may hear or see the fire alarm or receive instruction from the public address systems or any DIA staff. Please follow instructions and leave the building as quickly and safely as possible through marked exits. You will not be able to retrieve items from coat check before leaving the museum during an evacuation.
Shelter-In-Place and Lockdown
The DIA Department of Protection Services may issue a lockdown or shelter-in-place order when a threat exists outside of the museum. When this occurs, staff will move visitors away from exterior doors and windows. Please follow instructions from DIA staff or first responders.