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VIEWING CHINATI

Most of Chinati's collection is only accessible by guided tour. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.

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The Chinati Foundation is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm. Works by Donald Judd and Robert Irwin are available for self-guided viewing. (These works are also included on all guided tours.)

 

ACCESS

Chinati is located in the high, arid Chihuahuan desert. The museum's collection is housed in fifteen buildings spread over a 340-acre campus, and access to the collection requires spending significant time outdoors in the sun, with walking distances from 0.5 to 1.5 miles on terrain that can be uneven, thorny or rock-covered. Please dress comfortably and sensibly for the climate and landscape.

Chinati can be challenging for people who have difficulty walking or need special assistance. Please contact the museum at visitorservice@chinati.org and we'll be happy to make arrangements as needed. Although we welcome families, the nature of the exhibitions and duration of the tours can be long for young children - please contact Visitor Services at 432.729.4362 to discuss tour options.

 
 

GUIDED TOURS: Full Collection and Selections   more 

Each tour is led by a docent whose familiarity with the collection and history of the grounds provides a uniquely informative way to visit the museum.

The tours require spending a significantamount of time outside, often in direct sun, and can cover distances of up to four miles on a combination of gravel, uneven ground, and paved walkway.

Tour space is limited. Please reserve in advance to guarantee admission. See tour selections below and reserve your ticket online here.

Full Collection Tour ($25 Adult, $10 Student)

The full collection tour includes a guided viewing of the entire Chinati collection as well as our annual special exhibit. Please plan on approximately 4 1/2 - 5 hours of viewing with a 1 1/2 - 2 hour break for lunch on your own.

10am - 4:30pm or 10:30am - 5pm

Please refer to our online reservation calendar for availability and to reserve your ticket.

Selections Tour ($20 Adult, $10 Student)

The selections tour includes a guided viewing of the original artists of the Chinati Foundation: Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Robert Irwin and Dan Flavin. Please plan on approximately 2 1/2 hours of viewing.

11am - 1:30pm or 11:30am - 2pm.

Please refer to our online reservation calendar for availability and to reserve your ticket.

SELF-GUIDED VIEWING   more 

Several of Chinati's permanent installations and special exhibitions are available for self-guided viewing. Please note that the works listed below are all shown on the full collection tour as well.

Reservations are not necessary for self-guided viewing. Tickets for self-guided viewing of the Donald Judd milled aluminum works and Robert Irwin's installation are $10 Adults, $5 students. Donald Judd's untitled works in concrete and the John Chamberlain building may be viewed free of charge.

Robert Irwin's installation at Chinati, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016 ($10 Adult, $5 Student)

Robert Irwin's untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016 may be viewed Friday through Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Please purchase tickets at the Chinati visitor center.

Donald Judd's untitled 100 works in mill aluminum ($10 Adult, $5 Student)

Donald Judd's untitled 100 works in mill aluminum will be open for self-guided viewing Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Please purchase tickets at the Chinati visitor center.

The John Chamberlain Building (free admission)

The John Chamberlain Building in downtown Marfa will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Donald Judd's untitled 15 works in concrete (free Admission)

Visitors may walk the kilometer long, outdoor path and view Judd's 15 works in concrete, free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday from 9am-4:30pm. Please check in at the front office before visiting these works.

PRIVATE TOURS   more 

Planning a group or special visit? We offer a range of options tailored to your needs, from university visits to private tours with our trained docents. To book your special visit, please contact our Private Tours and Events Coordinator, Chris Cole, at (432) 729-4362 or ccole@chinati.org at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements and payment.

Private tours

Private Tour of the Collection

A private, docent-led tour of the Foundation affords privacy and flexibility in visiting Chinati at your own pace. Your group will enjoy exclusive access to the Collection at a time that is convenient for you based on availability.

Private Sunrise or Sunset Viewing

A sunrise or sunset tour of Chinati affords a two-hour viewing of Donald Judd's untitled 100 works in mill aluminum as well as Judd's untitled 15 works in concrete. Sunrise and sunset viewing times are limited and based on availability.

 
 

PHOTOGRAPHY and FOOD/DRINK

Chinati requests that visitors refrain from taking photographs while on tour to encourage a more direct engagement with the art.

Visitors may carry a capped water bottle with them on the tour, but may not drink inside the exhibitions spaces. Water only, no other beverages are allowed. No food is allowed on the tour. Large, bulky items are best left behind, including backpacks, large purses and camera bags. Visitors should lock these items in their vehicle.

 

RESERVATIONS

Tour space is limited and subject to change based on availability. Please reserve in advance to guarantee admission online or at 432.729.4362. If you have questions, require special assistance, or need to make changes to your reservation, please contact the museum directly at 432.729.4362 or visitorservice@chinati.org.

In addition to children, students under age 17, and residents of Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties, tours are free to all Chinati members. Become a member now and reserve your free tour tickets.

CHINATI FOUNDATION

1 Cavalry Row
Marfa, TX 79843
(432) 729-4362

For further information on getting to Marfa please visit our directions page.

 

JUDD FOUNDATION

Judd Foundation, based in Marfa and New York City, is a repository of the private residences, studios, and holdings of Donald Judd. It is a separate organization from the Chinati Foundation, founded after the artist's death and settlement of his estate, and includes a wide selection of the artist's work. Judd Foundation's property in New York includes the former residence on 101 Spring Street in SoHo. Its property in Marfa includes La Mansana de Chinati - the Block, where Judd lived, the Bank Building, Judd's largest studio space in Marfa, and various other living and work spaces. Tours of these spaces may be arranged through the Judd Foundation's website.