Hours & Reservations
Open Wednesday - Monday One hour before sunrise - 10pm
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Reservations are free and required for Sunset light sequences only. Reservations are not required for Sunrise.
To make a free reservation, please click on "Reservations Required" (blue text beneath the date), and follow the reservation instructions. Reservations may only be made for the current week and the week ahead for a maximum of 9 guests. If you would like to visit the Skyspace for Sunset with a group of 10 people or more, please contact Caroline Walker (email@example.com) to make your reservation. Please note that reservations for experiencing music at the Skyspace are separate from Sunrise or Sunset. Performances will be held to a light sequence after Sunset on specifically scheduled evenings. Information on performances at the Skyspace will be posted when available.
Location, Parking, Timing, Seating
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS:
The Skyspace is located on the Rice University campus. Please consult the campus map for the nearest campus entrance numbers (8 & 18) and the nearest parking area (West Lot 1). Although there is no physical address, the Skyspace is near University at Stockton. Bus routes 26, 27, 34, 73, & 87 and MetroRAIL Red Line all have stops within walking distance. See a Google map for more information.
Paid visitor parking is available throughout campus.
Alice Pratt Brown Lot (West Lot 1) is directly in front of the Shepherd School of Music. Fees for the use of this lot are: $1 for each 20 minutes, with an $11 daily maximum.
Central Campus Garage is just north of the Skyspace, east of the music school (underneath the Jones Graduate School of Business). Fees for the use of this lot are: $1 for each 12 minutes, with an $11 daily maximum.
Greenbriar Lot is west of the stadium at the corner of Greenbriar at University. Fees for the use of this lot are: $1 flat rate per entry/day. Enter the lot from Greenbriar Blvd at campus entrance 13A or 13B.
Payment Instructions: Machines at the entrance gates will instruct the driver to insert a credit card (American Express, VISA, MasterCard or Discover). When the gate opens, the computer’s “parking meter” begins. Upon leaving, the visitor drives to the exit gate and inserts the same credit card. It is very important to use the same credit card used at entry while exiting, otherwise the computer will not recognize the card. The gate will open in approximately 2 seconds, at which time the meter stops. The computer calculates the time, briefly shows the amount, and automatically bills the credit card.
We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the posted times for both Sunrise and Sunset light sequences. Please note: the Sunrise light sequence begins approximately 40 minutes before sunrise. The time noted on the calendar is for the Sunrise light sequence start, not for sunrise itself. The Sunset light sequence begins about 8 - 10 minutes before sunset. Each sequence lasts approximately 40 minutes.
SEATING & WEATHER:
There is bench seating inside the Skyspace in both the upper and lower viewing areas; no chairs or blankets required. The Skyspace is handicap accessible via the lower viewing area, and there are two spaces for wheelchairs. The light sequence will run rain or shine; please dress accordingly, as the Skyspace is open-air. In the event of lightning, a docent may ask visitors to exit the Skyspace. Click HERE for current Houston area weather.
If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Walker, James Turrell Skyspace Manager during regular business hours by phone: (713) 348-4758, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Skyspace is free and open to the public. In return, we ask the following:
Please do not bring food or beverages into the space. Pets, bicycles and skateboards are strictly prohibited in the Skyspace. The grass hill and light panels in the upper viewing area are part of the installation. Please be respectful of these elements and do not walk or sit on them. In addition, we ask that you refrain from the use of cameras and/or cell phones during the light performances, as any additional light elements will adversely affect the space’s carefully composed light patterns. The Skyspace is under 24-hour video surveillance to ensure the safety of those who visit the space, and the preservation of the Skyspace itself. Thank you.