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Welcome to the Fine Arts Center

Enjoy your experience!

Below are tips for planning your visit, services available for your comfort and convenience while here at the FAC and a few guidelines that ensure the most positive experience for all visitors and the safety of our collections. Our goal is to ensure you have a wonderful visit.

Accessibility

A wheelchair accessible entrance is available at our main entrance on W. Dale Street with ramp access and an automatic entry door opener. Wheelchairs are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis and are located near the entrance to our Coat Room, adjacent to the lobby. Restrooms on both floors have wheelchair accessible stalls.

Museum galleries are wheelchair accessible, as are our mainstage and second stage theaters. Access to the Music Room (second stage) which is located on the second floor is available via elevator, which is located adjacent to the staircase leading to the second floor theater, off of our main lobby. Designated wheelchair seating is available in our mainstage theater. Please inquire with our Front Desk staff to reserve.

Tactile Gallery

Built with a mission to enrich the museum experience of every visitor with special attention to those who are blind, sight-impaired or have special needs, the FAC’s Mashburn/Marshall Tactile Gallery invites and encourages visitors to touch the art. Free  during normal museum hours. More information is available here.

Baby Changing Station

A baby changing station is available in the Family/All-Gender restroom located next to Deco Lounge, on the west end of the building on the first floor.

Coat Storage & Lockers

The coat room is located adjacent to the main lobby. There are hangers for coats, and lockers for large bags and backpack storage. To protect the art on display, we ask that any bags or packages larger than 11×15 inches in size please be stowed in a locker. The keyless lockers are free for day use. Please remember to retrieve your stowed items before departing the FAC.

Elevator Access

Elevators are located in the museum and off of our lobby for access to our upstairs theatre (Music Room).

Entrance

The main entrance to the FAC is located on 30 W. Dale Street. There is a wheelchair ramp and automatic door, which can be operated with the push button adjacent to the door.

Food

Food and drinks that are purchased onsite at the FAC are permitted to be brought into the theatre. Food and drink is allowed in the courtyard and most other first floor public spaces, but is restricted from our museum galleries, except during select special events.

Experience Taste restaurant for lunch Wednesday through Friday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and pre-theatre dining for select productions. Please see this page for additional information on the hours of service and menu offerings.

Hours of Operation

Please check here for the most up-to-date information on the FAC’s hours of operation prior to your visit.

Large Print Materials

Large print materials for museum exhibitions will be located outside the main entrance to the exhibition, if available.

Parking

The FAC has its own parking lot, located on W. Dale Street, across the street from the main entrance to the FAC. Please note that on theatre performance and special event days, the lot can fill up quickly. There is additional free street parking available on all streets surrounding the FAC.

Photography Policy

In general, if you don’t see a Photography Prohibited notification on the wall of the gallery entrance, on the art label for an individual piece you’re admiring, or in the program for the theatre performance you are attending – go for it! We love seeing how other people experience the FAC! If you’re sharing on social – check in, tag us, #FAC

Just a few important guidelines that we ask you to follow –

  • Visitor photography is permitted for personal, noncommercial use only.
  • Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner unless approved by the FAC in writing.
  • Please be considerate of your fellow visitors, and avoid disrupting FAC operations, limiting accessibility of exhibitions, entrances/exits, aisle access, etc.
  • Flash photography is prohibited in all FAC spaces. Camera bags, stabilization devices such as tripods and monopods, and other large or specialty photographic equipment are not allowed in the museum galleries or the theatres, but may be stored in free lockers located near the main entrance.
  • Please be advised, in our theatre spaces, audience members are generally permitted to take photos inside the house prior to the curtain going up, during intermission, and after the show but never during a performance. Due to union regulations and legal contracts, taking pictures or the use of recording devices of any kind is strictly prohibited.

SPECIAL REQUESTS:

  • PRESS AND EDUCATIONAL requests including film and videography projects, please contact the FAC Communications Department to coordinate at fac.communications@coloradocollege.edu. A minimum three business days advance notice must be provided; same day requests will not be considered or approved.
  • PROFESSIONAL/COMMERCIAL photography inquiries, spaces may be reserved for a minimum $100/hr fee through our Events department at fac.events@coloradocollege.edu. A minimum three business days advance notice must be provided; same day requests will not be considered or approved. Restrictions on equipment usage and art inclusion apply. Certain works of art on the FAC property cannot be included without expressed written permission from the artist or rights holder.
  • PROM PHOTOS – The FAC has become a desirable location for special occasions such as prom. While we welcome these engagements, visitors will be asked to check-in at the front desk where you will be informed of guidelines and directed to pre-selected locations identified for photo opportunities during these high traffic periods.

The Fine Arts Center reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises. No photographs or videotapes may be reproduced, published, distributed, sold, transferred, or otherwise commercially exploited without the expressed written permission of the FAC.

Restrooms

There are restrooms in several locations: on the first floor, off the main lobby, and a family/all-gender restroom located next to Deco Lounge on the west side of the building. There are also restrooms located on the second floor, in the hallway off of the Holaday Gallery. Please refer to our map for exact locations.

Service Animals

We gladly welcome ADA service animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Other animals – pets, emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not permitted as service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Additionally, a doctor’s letter does not qualify an animal as a service animal.

If it is not immediately apparent, our staff may ask you the following two questions of a patron who enters our building with an animal:

  1. Is the animal required because of a disability?
  2. What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?

Sign Language Interpretation

Sign language interpretation can be scheduled for any theater performance or guided museum tour upon request with five business days’ notice. To make the request, please email: fac@coloradocollege.edu. You will receive a reply within two business days.

Sketching

The art in our galleries can be great inspirations for your own work. We just ask that you use pencils, not pens, and keep pencils a comfortable distance from the paintings.

Smoking

Colorado College (which includes the entire FAC property) is a smoke and tobacco free campus.

Strollers

Strollers are welcome in all FAC spaces. Ramp access to the first floor galleries is available from the lobby, and elevator access to the second floor is available from the Loo Family Gallery.

Tours and Group Visits

Please visit the Tours page to learn more about programs such as:

  • Architectural tours
  • Custom tours: museum and/or theatre
  • School group tours
  • Self-guided tours

Wheelchairs/Wheelchair Accessibility

Museum galleries are wheelchair accessible, as are our mainstage and second stage theaters. Access to the Music Room (second stage) is available via elevator, which is located adjacent to the staircase leading to the second floor theater, off of our main lobby. Designated wheelchair seating is available in our mainstage theater. Please inquire with our Front Desk staff to reserve. Wheelchairs are available to use free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis and are available outside the coat room, next to the main lobby.

Wi-Fi

To access wi-fi while visiting the FAC, simply choose the network “CC-Guest” and accept terms & conditions.

We sincerely appreciate you doing your part to help the museum protect and preserve the art for the rest of our visitors and for the future.

Have questions during your visit?

Our friendly Patron Experience Guide (PEG) team is here to answer any questions you might have, chat with you about the collection, the exhibitions, the artists, the building history, how to purchase memberships and theater tickets, and much more.

To optimize your experience at the FAC, as well as the experience for those around you, please consider the following requests:

  • Children of all ages are welcome to visit the FAC, however, those under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Maintain a safe distance from the art. Please do not touch the artwork, and keep a safe distance from the art and pedestals. The care you take helps to preserve the art on display.
  • Move carefully. Be sure to walk slowly and carefully in the galleries. Please do lean on walls or cases. Some galleries have benches or other seating, and there are portable stools available for your use throughout the galleries. Shoes with wheels are not permitted within the galleries.
  • Every museum tries to ensure the preservation of its artifacts. In order to preserve the items that are on display, visitors are asked to please refrain from touching objects and works of art. The oils that are on our hands and in our skin can damage the museum’s pieces. Remember, “Fingerprints are forever.”
    • The EXCEPTION to this rule is in Mashburn/Marshall Tactile Gallery, which is located on the first floor off of the lobby and is designed to allow visitors to experience each object in the gallery with as many of your senses as possible: hands, fingers, eyes. More information on the Tactile Gallery
  • Please keep mobile phones on silent when in our theatre and museum gallery spaces.

Submit additional questions to: fac@coloradocollege.edu