The Mead is committed to making your visit to the William Green Study Room a unique experience. Unlike most museum study rooms, Mead visitors may request to see any type of object—including oil paintings, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, textiles, glassware, prints and drawings—dating from ancient times to the present day.

To ensure the safety of Amherst's irreplaceable artworks for future generations, visitors must observe the following guidelines:

  • Please present a form of photographic identification upon arrival.
  • Please check coats and all bulky items (bags, umbrellas, large notebooks, cameras, etc.) in the museum lobby.
  • Please use only pencils, paper and battery-operated laptops; no pens, please. Pencils are available in the study room.
  • Please do not eat or drink in the study room (no food, gum, cough drops or liquids).
  • Never touch the works of art. Museum staff are always available to move artworks for visitors, if necessary.
  • Please stand at least 1 foot away from works of art, and do not lean in closer than 6 inches; do not allow jewelry or loose clothing to dangle over the art.
  • Please do not point at the artworks with objects such as pencils.
  • If you sneeze or cough, please turn away from the works of art.
  • Please do not sit or lean on tables in the study room.
  • Please turn off your mobile phone.
  • Photography is not permitted in the study room.
  • To obtain free, low-resolution digital photos for research and unpublished projects or fee-based, high-resolution images for commercial use, please consult the Image Requests section of our website.
  • Please note: the museum is not responsible for items left in the study room.