FAQ - Rain Room

Rain Room FAQ

Q: What is Rain Room?

Rain Room is an immersive work by the London-based artist collective Random International. Within this large-scale installation, water falls continuously to create a cacophonous interior downpour that pauses wherever a human body is detected. Upon entering this surreal environment, visitors can move through this space freely, protected from the water falling all around them.

A gallery visit is approximately 10–15 minutes. During the allotted time, 18 to 22 people may enter the gallery while five to seven people may proceed into the rain at once. LACMA security guards are responsible for time management within the gallery space and will assist visitors as they move throughout the work. Tickets are not transferable and there are no refunds.

Q: What do I need to know about visiting?

Rain Room is a specially ticketed experience. Tickets are dated and timed, and advance reservations are required as capacity is limited.

Please arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to your reservation. Should you become delayed and miss your scheduled time, we unfortunately cannot guarantee a rescheduled visit for later in the day or beyond. Please note that there are no refunds. Check in at a LACMA Ticket Office to retrieve your reserved tickets or purchase tickets, pending availability. Tickets may be retrieved from a LACMA Ticket Office on the reserved date by the original purchaser only. Photo ID is required to retrieve your pre-purchased tickets.

  • Rain Room is located on Level 1 of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM).
  • As are all LACMA galleries, Rain Room is accessible by wheelchair. Wheelchairs are welcome within the gallery.
  • Rain Room is a dark installation space that features falling water. You may get wet.
  • Visitors are discouraged from wearing dark, shiny, reflective fabric.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. High-heeled shoes are not allowed. 
  • Please be aware that Rain Room may close for brief periods throughout the day should gallery maintenance become necessary.
  • Personal photography is allowed and encouraged! Please, no flash. Use #rainroom or tag us @LACMA to share your photos on social media.

Q: What about the water?

  • Water is supplied through LACMA’s water main.
  • Rain Room uses approximately 528 gallons (2000 L) of water within a self-contained system. The same 528 gallons will be recycled and used throughout the entire run of the exhibition. The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day.*
  • When all the ceiling tiles are switched on, water is being constantly pumped round at a rate of 317 gallons/min (1200 L). A one-inch rainstorm deposits 13,577 gallons on one-half acre.**
  • Professional water inspectors will test water health weekly. Rain Room water is also filtered as it circulates through the work.

 If you have questions, please contact a LACMA Ticket Office at boxoffice@lacma.org or 323 857-6010.

* Source: http://www.epa.gov/
**Source: http://water.usgs.gov/edu/