Health & Safety

September 1, 2020

HCP Reopens Gallery & Digital Lab by Appointment

HCP welcomes back our community as we reopen our gallery and Digital Lab (pass holders only) by appointment beginning Friday, September 11. Admission remains free, but guests are required to register for their appointment time, and each person entering the gallery must show their appointment e-ticket or present a printed ticket for admissions.

All tickets have an entry time. Please arrive at your designated time so you can enter promptly and have plenty of time to view the exhibition. We recommend registering for your appointment online in advance to secure your preferred date and time and to have a contactless experience when you arrive.

A limited number of free virtual tours are available for schools and community partners. Please email natalie@hcponline.org for details.


Gallery Reopening:

  • 45-minute time slots
  • 50% capacity

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday–Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm
  • Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday–Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Gallery Admission Registration

Digital Lab Reopening:

  • 2-hour time slots
  • capacity of 1 person
 Digital Lab Hours:
  • Wednesday–Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm
  • Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday–Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm

Digital Lab Registration (Pass Holders Only)


How We’re Keeping You Safe

The health and safety of our community, as well as the well-being of our staff, artists, and other cultural workers around the city, is our top priority. As we reopen our doors, to allow you to reconnect with HCP, we used CDC recommendations as well as museum guidelines from the State of Texas to create our reopening policies and procedures.

Health and Safety Practices include:

  • In accordance with City and State guidelines, face masks are required for all staff and visitors, except for children younger than 2 years old. Complimentary masks are available.
  • Visitor capacity is restricted to 50%
  • Separate entrance and exit to the gallery
  • Barrier shield in front of the admissions desk
  • Hand sanitizer stations installed throughout the gallery
  • Social distancing is required, and social-distancing markers in place throughout
  • Frequent cleaning procedures following CDC guidelines
  • HCP classes are currently only offered online until further notice
  • John Cleary Library is temporarily closed until further notice

March 16, 2020

HCP’s Education Facilities and Gallery Temporarily Closed

Dear HCP Family,

Along with our colleagues at arts institutions around the city, Houston Center for Photography will be temporarily closing our gallery to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. At the core of our mission is our community, and your health and safety as well as the well-being of our staff, artists, and other cultural workers around the city is central to this decision.

While our physical space may be closed, our programs will be transitioning online, offering you new ways to experience our exhibitions, lectures, and educational offerings from the comfort of your home. Later this week, we will launch the next issue of spot magazine online, which focuses on artists working to impact social change. As always, we will release the core issue at once, but more content will be added throughout the season.

In addition to closing our galleries, our classes will be moving online in the coming weeks. Our Spring 2020 schedule will launch with online offerings to keep your creativity going while you practice social distancing. Now is a great time to digitize your family archives, master that technique in Lightroom, or work on that project you’ve had on the backburner. If you’re looking for support during this process, we are here to help! In addition to our online classes, we will be offering digital, one-on-one critiques and portfolio reviews, digital private lessons, and we will be adding new content for youth to explore from home.

You can keep up-to-date with us through our enews and social media, and as always, we love hearing from you—drop us a line if you have any questions at info@hcponline.org.

We value this incredible community we have built together, and are immensely grateful for your support and belief in our programs. We look forward to welcoming you back in the gallery soon, but until then, we’ll see you online!


Ashlyn Davis
Executive Director & Curator

Please feel free to email us at info@hcponline.org or call us at 713-529-4755 with any questions or concerns.