Office of Student Affairs

Mead Art Museum

The Mead Art Museum holds the world-class art collection of Amherst College—more than 18,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of global culture, all used for teaching and research across the disciplines and available for the pleasure and understanding of a diverse public.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of everything the Mead has to offer: a searchable online collection catalogue, access to any artwork in storage upon request, a busy roster of exhibitions and events, an active volunteer docents group, paid internships, summer research fellowships, late-night open hours, comfortable seating, complimentary Wi-Fi and a bookshop and espresso bar (AC Dollar$ accepted). Admission is always free, and the museum is fully accessible.

The Mead occupies its original building, opened in 1949 (and renovated in 1999–2001) and established with funds bequeathed by the architect William Rutherford Mead, Class of 1867, co-founder of the distinguished firm McKim, Mead & White. Highlights of the collection include American and European Old Masters, an English Baroque room, ancient Assyrian carvings, Russian modern art, West African sculpture, Japanese prints and Mexican ceramics. 

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Fridays year-round, and until midnight on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays during the academic session. For complete, up-to-date hours, see the museum’s website.