The MCA is the only US venue scheduled for this extraordinary exhibition devoted to David Bowie’s career. Here’s how to make the most of your visit:

Purchase tickets

Advance tickets for David Bowie Is are sold out. Walk-up tickets may be available on a first-come basis.*

The exhibition has a special ticket price because its scope and immersive multimedia features make it different from any other MCA exhibition.

Adults (including Senior Citizens) and teens $25
Children (ages 7–12) $10
Children 6 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) Free (limit of 4)
Students with ID $15 (walk-ups only, Tue–Fri, 10 am–4 pm)

*For day-of ticket purchases, an hour or more before opening, Members will be allowed to form a separate line until 8:30 am. At 8:30 am, the member line will be escorted in for early priority ticket booking. After 8:30 am, Members, non-members and any subsequent walk-up patrons will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

For information on membership benefits, or to become a member, visit Bowie Benefits.


Pick your time

Pick a date and time that fits your schedule. Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots, with the last entry occurring two hours before the museum closes for the day. All patrons, including children must have a ticket to gain entry to the exhibition. Entrance is not guaranteed after the time listed on your ticket, so we recommend being on time. Visitors may start queuing 30 minutes prior to their ticket time. Plan to spend about one hour and fifteen minutes in the exhibition.


Enjoy extended hours

During David Bowie Is, the MCA extends its hours to offer visitors maximum access to the museum:

Tuesday 10 am–8 pm (6 pm is last available ticket)
Wednesday 10 am–5 pm (3 pm is last available ticket)
Thursday 10 am–8 pm (6 pm is last available ticket)
Friday 10 am–10 pm (8 pm is last available ticket)
Saturday 9 am–10 pm (8 pm is last available ticket)
Sunday 9 am–6 pm* (4 pm is last available ticket)

Doors open 30 minutes before the first entry time (e.g., 9:30 am for a 10 am ticket). Enter at the ground entrance on the corner of Mies van der Rohe and Pearson.

*Open until 10 pm December 28 and 8 pm January 4

MCA Store extended hours:

Main Store Satellite Store
Monday 10 am–6 pm CLOSED
Tuesday 10 am–8 pm 10 am–8 pm
Wednesday 10 am–6 pm 10 am–5 pm
Thursday 10 am–8 pm 10 am–8 pm
Friday 10 am–10 pm 10 am–10 pm
Saturday 9 am–10 pm 9 am–10 pm
Sunday 9 am–6 pm 9 am–6 pm*

*Special hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, 10 am–5 pm; Dec 28, 10 pm; Jan 4, 8 pm

Plan your trip

Parking in downtown Chicago is not always easy. To make it less stressful, we have directions available here. You will also find information about public transportation, biking, and parking. Then create your own Bowie playlist for the journey.

Make it a mini-vacation: stay overnight with great rates and packages from our hotel partner, Thompson Chicago.


Enjoy the wait

You will likely spend 10 to 15 minutes in line (especially on the weekends). Pass the time by reading the MCA Magazine to learn about the other great exhibitions, performances, and programs we have featured. Visit our David Bowie Is Tumblr or our blog, MCA DNA; challenge a friend or stranger to a Bowie quiz; or strike a Ziggy Stardust pose and share it online with us @mcachicago using #DavidBowieIs.


Bring Bowie home

Photography, and video and audio recording are not allowed inside the exhibition. Commemorate your visit with a souvenir from the MCA Satellite Store, located on the fourth floor.


Explore more

In 2002 David Bowie declared, “[N]obody goes out and looks and searches and explores the society and the culture that they were brought up in.” Your Bowie ticket gets you into the entire MCA, so take some time and prove Bowie wrong. Find a list of other current MCA exhibitions here.


Indulge your taste buds

Puck’s Café offers fresh, seasonal fare for lunch, or coffee and snacks for a quick stop after your visit. Find hours and the menu here.


Throw a party

Create the ultimate event experience by offering your guests exclusive access to David Bowie Is. Packages begin at just $95/person. Learn more here.