Visit Skyspace

Hours & Reservations

The James Turrell Twlight Epiphany Skyspace is open Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesdays.
The structure is open and available to the public throughout the day, however we kindly ask that you make a free reservation for the daily sunset light sequence to guarantee your seats. Reservations are not required for sunrise.

To make a free reservation, please click on "Make Reservation" below and follow the reservation instructions. Reservations cannot be made over the phone and may only be made for a maximum of 9 guests. If you would like to visit the Skyspace with a group of 10+, or for Skyspace rentals for your event, please contact skyspace@rice.edu. Please note that groups larger than 30 may be asked to submit a rental request. 

 

THIS WEEK 11/12 - 11/18 NEXT WEEK
NEXT WEEK 11/19 - 11/25 THIS WEEK
Skyspace Hours
Sunrise Light Sequence
Sunset Light Sequence
Special Event
Sunday
12
Nov
There are no more tickets available
7AM to 10PM
5:58AM
5:17PM
Monday
13
Nov
7AM to 10PM
5:59AM
5:17PM
Tuesday
14
Nov
Closed
Closed
Closed
Wednesday
15
Nov
7AM to 10PM
6:01AM
5:16PM
Thursday
16
Nov
7AM to 10PM
6:01AM
5:15PM
Friday
17
Nov
7AM to 10PM
6:02AM
5:15PM
Saturday
18
Nov
7AM to 10PM
6:03AM
5:14PM
Skyspace Hours
Sunrise Light Sequence
Sunset Light Sequence
Special Event
Sunday
19
Nov
7AM to 10PM
6:04AM
5:14PM
Monday
20
Nov
7AM to 10PM
6:05AM
5:14PM
Tuesday
21
Nov
Closed
Closed
Closed
Wednesday
22
Nov
7AM to 10PM
6:06AM
5:13PM
Closed
Closed
Closed
Friday
24
Nov
7AM to 10PM
6:08AM
5:13PM
Saturday
25
Nov
7AM to 10PM
6:09AM
5:12PM

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 2). 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. 

PARKING:

Paid visitor parking is available throughout campus.

West Lot 2 is the closest lot to the Skyspace, located behind the construction area adjacent the Shepherd School of Music. Please note: the parking lot across from Alice Pratt Brown Hall is closed for the construction of the new music building. The easiest way to access West Lot 2 is to enter campus from Entrance #18 off Rice Boulevard and turn right at the parking gates to West Lot 2. Fees for the use of this lot are: $1 for each 20 minutes, with an $11 daily maximum. For visitors with disabilities, accessible parking is available at the south end of the lot.

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. 

TIMING:

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 skyspace@rice.edu.

Visitor Policies

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.