Visiting MOCAD

Museum Hours + Location

Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Thursday + Friday: 11am – 8pm
Closed Monday + Tuesday
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit MI, 48201

Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead Hours

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Café 78 Hours:

Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Thursday + Friday: 11am – 8pm
Closed Monday + Tuesday
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Our Space

Located on Woodward and Garfield between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies, the museum is an innovative addition to Detroit’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood, and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts. The 22,000 square foot building, a former auto dealership, has been simply renovated to maintain its historic character. With its raw, flexible and cavernous spaces, the building is well suited to the exhibition of contemporary art. Our ambitious series of public programs includes lectures, musical performances, films, literary readings and educational activities for children.


MOCAD’s building has ground-level entry, with one accessible main entrance and is a one-story building with no need for stairs or elevators. The building is accessible by public transportation, and has designated handicap parking spaces. The assembly areas of the building are adaptable to integrated and dispersed wheelchair seating as necessary. MOCAD’s exhibit areas and counters are wheelchair-accessible. The gift store manager is aware of ADA requirements and trains staff how to assist those with extra needs. Guided tours are available for those who are vision impaired. MOCAD has a list of sign language interpreters to call in as needed for our lectures and talks.Our bathrooms are wheelchair-accessible, with accessible sinks and water fountains. MOCAD has a designated staff member responsible for overseeing accessibility, and another to oversee our planned accessibility updates to our website. Front desk staff are trained to address accessibility questions and service animal etiquette.

Museum Tours

Please contact the museum by email or phone at 313.832.6622 to schedule a tour. All MOCAD tours are free and open to the public.

Parking and Directions to MOCAD

Detroit is getting a street car line, the M1 Rail! As such construction has made some areas of Woodward Avenue difficult to travel. For full lane closures and directions, check the M1 Rail’s interactive map here.

Our parking lot is located off of Garfield St. We recommend taking John R to Garfield. If you are traveling from I-75 northbound take the exit at Mack Ave. to John R north. If you are traveling southbound on I-75, take the Warren exit west to John R south. Visitors traveling from the M-10 Lodge Freeway take the Forest Ave exit east to John R south.

Please call the Museum at 313.832.6622 if you need further assistance.

Our Mission

MOCAD is where adventurous minds encounter the best in contemporary visual, literary, music, and performing arts. A responsive center for diverse audiences, MOCAD presents art that contextualizes, interprets, educates and expands culture, pushing us to the edges of contemporary experience.


MOCAD suggests a donation of $5 for entry into its exhibitions during normal operating hours. This donation is offered on a sliding scale, which allows the public to “pay what they can” to support the Museum. Members, students and children under the age of 12 will continue to receive free admission. Admission into public programs and other special events may vary. MOCAD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Policies and Tips for Visiting the Museum

Our policies help protect the artwork and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.

No works of art, vitrines, or pedestals may be touched.

Still photography for personal use is permitted. No flash, tripods, or camera extension poles allowed. Videotaping for personal use is permitted in the lobby only. The Museum reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph or videotape anywhere on its premises. No photographs or videotapes may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the Museum.

Coats and umbrellas may be left at owner’s risk in our unattended checkroom. Large items such as suitcases and shopping bags are not allowed in the galleries and we do not recommend bringing them to the Museum.

Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Food and Drinks
Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the Museum. Food and drinks are permitted only in Cafe 78 and may not be carried into the galleries or other areas.

Mobile Phones
Talking on mobile phones is not permitted in the Museum’s galleries.

Mobility Access
All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available in the checkroom free of charge.

Sketching is permitted in the galleries (pencil only, no ink or paint) with sketchbooks no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm). No easels, stools, or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Museum.

Photo + Film Use Policy

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit reviews all filming/photography requests on a case-by-case basis. A review of requests for the Museum to be featured in advertising commercials depends on the nature of the product and context. A request for the Museum to be featured in films depends on the nature of the film.

  • The Museum may not be used as a background shot for a generic museum or gallery to be fabricated later in film.
  • Location fees vary. Fee may vary depending and according to the type of publicity/identification the Museum receives. Fee does not include Museum guard/staff costs, which are $40 per person, per hour. Location fees are not charged for shoots that are part of newspaper/magazine editorials that promote the Museum.
  • Shooting set-up may not prevent Museum patrons from entering or exiting any entrance of the Museum.
  • Works of art may not be moved or altered in any manner.
  • Certain works are protected by an artist’s copyright and can only be photographed in a general gallery view, in which the copyright-protected artwork is not the primary focus or predominant element in the photograph. Should you wish to photograph works that fall into this category, advance permission is required. Some works may only be available for photography by agreeing to pay fees instituted by the copyright holder.
  • Proof of $1 million insurance policy is required prior to the shoot.
  • Catering must be contracted through Cafe 78 and/or a vendor from MOCAD’s Preferred Vendors list for any on site food and beverage service. No other catering service may be brought on the premise, with the exception of individual bottled water.

All requests must be submitted in writing 10 business days in advance of requested date.

Completion of your request does not imply permission. Permission will be contingent upon review of answers to requested information below. You will be notified of Museum approval for your plans in advance and informed of any direct costs related to security, cleaning crew and/or electrical, in addition to location fee.

Download MOCAD’s Photo + Film Use Request Form Here.

Submit your completed request to Leto Rankine, Marketing + Sales Manager at

If you have additional questions about the Museum’s policy, please contact 313-832-6622.