Visitor Info

a new experience every time you visit

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The Rothko Chapel is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Come as you are, and while you’re here, feel free to meditate, view our treasured works of art, focus attention inward, or just let go of the chaos of the world for a while.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. All are welcome.

Every visit is its own unique experience, building on the one that came before it. Let your journey of discovery start today and lead to a lifetime of growth, contemplation, and action.

Please take care to respect the Chapel and its visitors by preserving the silence within the Chapel, refraining from using cameras, and maintaining a safe distance from our beloved artwork.

The Chapel is generally open every day of the year from 10 AM - 6 PM.  On occasion, it closes to the general public for programs and private services. Please check today’s hours and calendar before your visit. 

The Rothko Chapel and the Chapel Grounds are gun-free zones.

Welcome House

The Rothko Chapel Welcome House is a new space, part of the Opening Spaces Restoration & Master Site Plan, allowing for increased hospitality and visitor engagement. Visit the Welcome House at 1410 Sul Ross and learn more about offerings and resources available on the Welcome House page.

Chapel Grounds

The Rothko Chapel grounds are a welcoming, calming green space. The grounds act as an extension of the Chapel itself, making them an ideal place to reflect on your experience of the Chapel and the Broken Obelisk, or simply have a moment of solitude and escape from the outside world.

The Chapel Grounds are free and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. Bicycle racks, trashcans, and restrooms for Chapel visitors are located along the gravel path to the west of the Chapal Plaza.

We invite you to come, immerse yourself in the tranquility of the grounds, and experience the stillness.

tips for visiting

All are welcome to enjoy the peacefulness of the Chapel and Grounds and we ask that all visitors take care to respect the Chapel and its visitors by following the guidelines outlined below.

Within the Chapel

  • Respect the silent, contemplative atmosphere 
  • Help preserve the works of art by maintaining a safe distance of a least two feet
  • Refrain from taking photos and using technology
  • Do not lie on the floor or benches
  • Leave all food, liquids, and large bags outside or with the Host at the front desk
  • Only service animals may enter

On the Grounds

  • Photography & Filming
    • Only photography and filming for personal use are allowed without written permission
    • Professional and/or commercial photography and filming requests are approved on a case-by-case basis with written permission in advance from the Rothko Chapel. Find more information on photography and filming permissions here.
    • The use of drones or any other photography and/or filming medium that could cause damage to a work of art or disrupt other visitor experiences are not permitted.
    • Setting up extensive equipment, for example, more than one tripod, special lighting, or props, for photography and/or filming is not permitted.
  • Events
    • Events, services, and gatherings that are not approved with written permission in advance by the Chapel are not permitted in the Chapel, on the Grounds, and/or Plaza.
    • Private services such as weddings, memorials, bat/bar mitzvahs, and religious services are approved on a case-by-case basis with written permission from the Rothko Chapel through the private service application process. Find more information about private services here.
  • Prohibited Items & Activities
    • Possession of a firearm inside the Chapel or on the Grounds
    • Smoking within 25 feet of the Chapel entrance
    • Installing external decorations and/or equipment such as tables, chairs, lights, amplification systems, hammocks, etc.
    • Wading and/or swimming in the reflecting pool
    • Drinking alcoholic beverages
    • Throwing rocks, coins, or other materials at the sculpture or into the reflecting pool
    • Motorized vehicles
    • Glass containers
    • Open fires or grills
    • Climbing in trees, bamboo, or on sculpture
    • Littering
  • Pets
    • Pets are welcome on the grounds but please, pick up after them
    • Dogs must be leashed at all times
    • Refrain from letting dogs swim in the reflecting pool

Street parking is free and available on Yupon, Branard, and Sul Ross streets around the Chapel. Please pay attention to all parking regulation signs.

Rothko Chapel visitors are also welcome to use the Menil Collection parking lot located at the intersection of Mulberry and West Alabama streets. 

The Moran Parking Garage at the intersection of Graustark and West Alabama streets on the campus of the University of St. Thomas is also available for parking for $5 per car. 

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