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.

The Mead is currently undergoing renovation and reinstallation. Thank you for your patience while we occasionally close one or more of the galleries.

Mead... Reimagined.

July 21, 2016

During July and August, the museum is undergoing extensive interior renovations to make way for exciting new installations throughout. Plans include an entirely new main gallery, space for contemporary artist projects and more. Stay tuned for the big reveal on Thursday, Sept. 8.

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 and artistic media.

Students studying in the Rotherwas Room

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Derrek Joyce
Mead security officer Derrek Joyce seated in front of the Mead's Roman sarcophagus (165-180 CE), a personal favorite. Photo by Maria Stenzel.

Reflections from the Gallery Floor: Conversation with Derrek Joyce

Find out what it's like to guard the Mead's extensive art collection in an interview with museum security officer Derrek Joyce.

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