Mead Art Museum

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

Situated in the vibrant Five Colleges academic community of western Massachusetts, the Mead Art Museum serves as a laboratory for interdisciplinary research and innovative teaching involving original works of art. Eight galleries feature regularly changing installations and exhibitions spanning a wide range of historical periods, national schools, and artistic media. 

The museum and its gift shop & café are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round, and until midnight on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the academic term.

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Louise Bourgeois (American, 1911–2010). Hamlet and Ophelia, 1996–97. Lithograph.
Louise Bourgeois (American, 1911–2010). Hamlet and Ophelia, 1996–97. Lithograph. Purchase with William W. Collins (Class of 1953) Print Fund, 2001.570

What Means Your Lordship? Ophelia on View at the Mead

Crowds are flocking to the Mead this month to see "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare," on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Surrounding the 1623 book, which lies open to Hamlet’s “To be, or not to be” soliloquy, are two Hamlet-inspired artworks from the Mead’s collection.

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Students studying in the Rotherwas Room

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