Mead Art Museum

The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, spanning 5,000 years and encompassing the creative achievements of many world cultures.


Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19 and our efforts to keep our community as safe as possible, all Amherst College buildings are closed to visitors until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we are able.

The Mead Art Museum is open to on-campus Amherst College students, faculty, and staff starting Tuesday, February 23, 2021!

Please remember to wear your Amherst College ID in order to enter the museum. We cannot permit guests or visitors who do not have an Amherst College ID to enter the Mead at this time. The Mead has a limited capacity to ensure physical distancing.

We look forward to welcoming our friends, neighbors, and out-of-town visitors back to the Mead after the COVID-19 crisis. In the meantime, please visit our virtual exhibitions and stay in touch with us on social media @meadartmuseum.

Spring Semester Hours 

Sunday, 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.–5  p.m.
Closed Monday

Admission is always free.

What to Expect When Visiting the Mead During COVID-19

Photo of a study table inside the Mead's Rotherwas Room. This is a designated student study space during COVID-19.
Mead Study Table in the Rotherwas Room.

We’re excited to welcome Amherst College faculty, staff, and students back into the Mead. To "Protect the Herd," we’ve modified our visitor protocols and procedures, following the recommended guidelines from the CDC and Amherst College.

If you have any questions about visiting the Mead, please contact Nicholas Taupier by email at or by phone at 413-406-6361.

What to Expect When Visiting

Remote Teaching and Learning at the Mead

Photograph of an Amherst College professor and the Mead Art Museum's Head of Education with three students teaching and learning in the galleries of the Mead.
Darryl Harper and Emily Potter-Ndiaye teaching in the galleries at the Mead

Open for Amherst College Classes in Spring 2021

The Mead Art Museum connects people, art, and curricula. Using the museum as a site for learning across disciplines and topics, Mead educators work with Amherst College faculty to develop assignments, projects, and programs to deepen learning objectives. Our portfolio of projects ranges from one-time visits to entire course partnerships, and we work well with a range of disciplines, from American Studies to Chemistry to History of Art. Due to the pandemic, the Mead is closed to the public and will have limited open hours for members of the Amherst College community only, until further notice.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Founding Narratives

Screenshot of virtual tour of Founding Narratives; featuring intro text wall.
Image of intro text wall from virtual tour of Founding Narratives

Presenting artworks produced in the United States between 1800 and today that offer opportunities to consider the role of art in creating, reinforcing, and challenging stories about national identity.

Click the link below to explore this exhibition virtually! View art up close, read wall labels, and take a closer look at exhibition resources. The exhibition was organized by the Mead's Curator of American Art and Art of the Americas Lisa Crossman. This virtual tour was made possible by the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Embodied Taste

Digital rendering of gallery that houses Embodied Taste exhibition from aerial perspective
Digital rendering of Embodied Taste from an aerial perspective

Embodied Taste offers visitors an immersive exploration of food and how it moves—through our bodies and our world.

Click the link below to explore this exhibition virtually! View art up close, read wall labels, listen to audio recordings, and watch video clips from Embodied Taste. The exhibition was organized collaboratively by student curators enrolled in “Eat! An Exhibition Seminar at the Mead,” led by Amy Cox Hall (visiting assistant professor of anthropology, Amherst College) and Emily Potter-Ndiaye (Dwight and Kirsten Poler and Andrew W. Mellon Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs, Mead Art Museum).

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Portrait of Sacajawea by contemporary artist Matthew Day Jackson

Mead Art Museum receives gift of more than 170 contemporary artworks

Featuring works by David Hockney, Mona Hatoum, Cindy Sherman, Mark Bradford, and Christian Marclay. Read more about this exciting gift in The Boston Globe!

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Le travail interrompu (Work Interrupted), 1891.

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