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! 

The Mead remains closed to the public, and Amherst College ID or advanced permission is required to enter the building. Please remember to wear your Amherst College ID in order to enter the museum. 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 soon. In the meantime, please visit our virtual exhibitions and stay in touch with us on social media @meadartmuseum.

Winter and January Term Hours 

Days Time
Sunday  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday  CLOSED
Tuesday  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission is always free. 


The Mead Art Museum Annual Report

A page from the Mead Annual Report

2018–2020 Double Issue

The Mead is proud to announce its first all-digital annual report, looking back at two years of exciting acquisitions, education initiatives and strides in experimentation with digital presentations and technology. You can view the report at the link below.

Read the Report

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

Undergraduate 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

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

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