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.

Black Lives Matter at the Mead

Recently, @BlackAmherstSpeaks shared a post on Instagram of a student who experienced racism within the Mead Art Museum. In the comments, another visitor shared an experience in which people from their tour group were racially profiled in our space. You can read the post here.

We believe Black Lives Matter and appreciate the labor of the folx running @BlackAmherstSpeaks and the bravery of the students and alumni who shared their experiences publicly. We offer a sincere apology to the individuals who shared their experience and anyone who has experienced racism within the Mead. 

The Mead is committed to creating a museum environment in which every visitor feels welcome and comfortable. Our goal is always to create an environment in which Black and Indigenous people of color can engage with art and ideas. Clearly, the experiences @BlackAmherstSpeaks shared indicate that we have more work to do. We need to listen and take action to evaluate and ensure that our protocols make everyone feel welcome in the Mead, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, geography, citizenship status, neurodiversity, religion, or other identities or any combination of these identities. 

Among other concrete plans, we intend to:

  • Develop, with input from students, alumni, staff, security, and colleagues, an anti-racism action plan across the Mead, including, but not limited to continued anti-bias training for staff, student lobby attendants, and security
  • Consult with our colleagues in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for advice on the best way to audit our protocols
  • Provide all Mead staff with training in visitor experience and on the content in our exhibitions and programs, so they are prepared to create a welcoming experience
  • Create an ongoing forum that invites feedback from BIPOC about experiences of racism, racial profiling, and other factors that contribute to feeling welcomed
  • Launch and maintain an anonymous Google form to create opportunities for audience feedback on their experiences at the Mead

We encourage you to follow and share your experiences with @BlackAmherstSpeaks. We also welcome your direct feedback. You can email, direct message @meadartmuseum on Facebook or Instagram, or submit anonymously using the google form linked here. Our Education team will review all feedback and share it with the broader staff in a way that ensures anonymity.

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).

Click here to take the virtual tour!
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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Black & white photograph of the artist Heather Agyepong in a seated kneeling position, she extends her arm as she holds a rose.

Spring Programs Brochure

Download a PDF of the Mead’s spring brochure, which includes information about upcoming exhibitions and events. Printed copies are available in the main lobby of the museum.