Frequently Asked Questions

What is COAL + ICE?

COAL + ICE is an immersive documentary photography exhibition that brings together the work of over 50 photographers from around the world to visualize the climate crisis. COAL + ICE brings the environmental and human costs of climate change to life through images, videos, and insightful events. A vibrant six-week programming series will transform the center of the exhibition into a stage for music, performance, panel discussions, art-making, and more.

Where is COAL + ICE located?

COAL + ICE will take place in a purpose-built 30,000 square foot tent on the REACH Plaza at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20566)

How do I get there?

COAL + ICE is accessible by Metro (via the subway and bus lines), by taxi, and by car. We encourage sustainable modes of transportation and bicycle parking is available onsite. Detailed instructions and directions are available here.

Where should I park?

For easiest access to the COAL + ICE tent on the REACH Plaza, enter the south entrances of the Kennedy Center Garage. You may park on Levels A, B, or C. Please note there is no free parking for free events. The current parking rate is $25. Pre-paid parking may be purchased online at least one day in advance at a reduced rate.

How do I get to the COAL + ICE exhibition tent?

From the parking garage
Inside the garage, follow the painted pathways on the floor marked ‘To the REACH.’ Enter the glass doors into the REACH Welcome Pavilion. Once inside the Welcome Pavilion, take the elevator or stairs up to the top and exit outdoors to the REACH Plaza. Head left along the tent to the entrance on the river side of the Plaza.

From the Kennedy Center Shuttle stop
The Kennedy Center Shuttle Bus disembarks in front of the Hall of Nations. You will see the COAL + ICE exhibition tent to your left. Follow the signs to the exhibition entrance on the river side of the Plaza.

From the REACH Pedestrian Bridge
Enter the REACH grounds from the pedestrian bridge over Rock Creek Parkway. Follow the signage to the left up the Link pathway to the exhibition tent entrance.

From the main Kennedy Center building
Exit the Kennedy Center from the Grand Foyer onto the River Plaza. Turn left and walk towards the exhibition tent on the REACH Plaza. If exiting from the Hall of States or Hall of Nations, turn right and walk towards the REACH Plaza. Follow the signs to the exhibition entrance on the river side of the REACH Plaza.

Where are the restrooms?

Public restrooms are open in the REACH Welcome Pavilion and inside the main Kennedy Center building.

Will the exhibition stay open in the event of snow or rain?

Yes, but in case of extreme weather, please check our website for updates.

What is the vaccination and mask policy?

No proof of vaccination is required to enter the exhibition space. Masks are optional inside the tent while viewing the exhibition, however masks are required to attend all pre-registration events.

How do I attend the exhibition?

Exhibition attendance is free and open to the public, no advanced registration is required. Please be sure to double check the Kennedy Center’s website for official listing of hours and closures.

What are the exhibition hours?

Tue., Mar. 15 5:30 – 8:30PM (pre-registration required)
Wed., Mar. 16 Closed for event (pre-registration required)
Thu., Mar. 17 1 – 5PM
Fri., Mar. 18 1 – 5PM
Sat., Mar. 19 11AM – 8PM
Sun., Mar. 20 11AM – 6PM
Mon., Mar. 21 Closed
Tue., Mar. 22 Closed for event (pre-registration required)
Wed., Mar. 23 Closed for event (pre-registration required)
Thu., Mar. 24 Closed for event (pre-registration required)
Fri., Mar. 25 1 – 8 PM
Sat., Mar. 26 11AM – 8PM
Sun., Mar. 27 11AM – 6PM
Mon., Mar. 28 Closed
Tue., Mar. 29 Closed
Wed., Mar. 30 Closed for event (pre-registration required)
Thu., Mar. 31 11AM – 8PM
Fri., Apr. 1 1 – 8PM
Sat., Apr. 2 11AM – 8PM
Sun., Apr. 3 11AM – 6PM
Mon., Apr. 4 Closed
Tue., Apr. 5 Closed
Wed., Apr. 6 5 – 8PM
Thu., Apr. 7 1 – 8PM
Fri., Apr. 8 1 – 8PM
Sat., Apr. 9 11AM – 8PM
Sun., Apr. 10 11AM – 6PM
Mon., Apr. 11 Closed
Tue., Apr. 12 Closed
Wed., Apr. 13 5 – 8PM
Thu., Apr. 14 1 – 8PM
Fri., Apr. 15 1 – 10:30PM
Sat., Apr. 16 11AM – 5PM
Sun., Apr. 17 11AM – 6PM
Mon., Apr. 18 Closed
Tue., Apr. 19 Closed
Wed., Apr. 20 5 – 8PM
Thu., Apr. 21 1 – 5PM (6:30PM event, registration required)
Fri., Apr. 22 1 – 5 PM
Sat., Apr. 23 11AM-5PM

How do I attend events?

All events require pre-registration via the Kennedy Center’s website. Masks are required to attend all pre-registration events.

How much does it cost?

Admission to the exhibition and all programming is free but pre-registration required for events.

What do I do upon arrival for event attendance?

If you have pre-registered and did not opt for print-at-home or mobile tickets, upon arrival please proceed to the REACH Box Office in the Welcome Pavilion to collect your ticket. Please be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to event start time to allow for lines at check in.

Can I visit the exhibition before I attend an event?

Yes, but you must be registered for that event. Doors open 30 minutes in advance of most events so please plan accordingly. Be sure to check the official hours here.

Are eating and drinking allowed?

Eating and drinking are not allowed inside the tent at any time. Refreshments are available at nearby Victura Park at the REACH starting on March 17. Visit victuraparkdc.com for hours of operation. There are also food service options inside the main Kennedy Center building.

Is COAL + ICE accessible?

We welcome visitors with disabilities!

  • The COAL + ICE tent and the REACH Plaza are wheelchair accessible.
  • Accessible parking is available inside the Kennedy Center garage.
  • Courtesy wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the entry desk.
  • Accessible restrooms, including an accessible companion restroom, are available on Level A of the Welcome Pavilion.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for COAL + ICE events. Please see COAL + ICE staff at the entry desk or ushers to request a device.
  • Please note that the exhibition space is dark and features multiple video projections.

If you have any questions or would like to request an accommodation such as audio description, sign language interpretation or captioning, please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 or [email protected].  More information about accessibility at the Kennedy Center is also available on our website.

Are there flashing or strobe lights?

The exhibition features 48 projectors and numerous projection screens but does not feature strobe lighting.

Do you offer tours?

Tours are available before certain events (which require advanced registration).
Additional tours may be scheduled.
To explore if a tour is possible, please contact ​​[email protected].
School groups can specially request tours by contacting [email protected].

Is COAL + ICE family-friendly?

We welcome visitors of all ages. Sensitive viewers should be advised that the exhibition contains some imagery that depicts nudity and human suffering in the context of climate change.

Education is a key component of COAL + ICE, providing learners of all ages with opportunities to delve deeper into the themes explored in the exhibition. Please note that more targeted, interactive programming will take place at the Moonshot Studio Saturdays & Sundays 11AM – 4:30PM from March 19–May 8. Reservations are recommended but drop-ins are welcome on a space-available basis. Please visit www.kennedy-center.org/moonshot for further details.

Is COAL + ICE pet-friendly?

Unfortunately we must ask that you leave your pets at home. Service animals are of course welcome to accompany their owners into the space.

Can I take photos or video?

Yes, we welcome you to capture photos and videos with your smartphone.
Any professional media equipment requires advanced notice. Please contact Brendan Padgett at [email protected].

How can I learn more about the images featured in the exhibition?

You can learn more about the photographers and their work via our virtual exhibition guide.

Is there WiFi?

Yes, join KCPublic to access free WiFi on the Kennedy Center campus.

Can I post on social media?

Yes, we encourage you to share your experiences of the exhibition and programming series on social media using hashtags #CoalandIce and #VisualizetheClimateCrisis.

We also ask that whenever possible, please tag our accounts @coalandice_exhibition on Instagram @coal_and_ice on Twitter.