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.

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 ntaupier@amherst.edu or by phone at 413-406-6361.

What to Expect When Visiting

Always free, always something new to see!

You'll find the Mead Art Museum in the center of the Amherst College campus, adjacent to the main quadrangle and alongside the gray stone Stearns Steeple. While here, enjoy our extensive collection of art, free admission, and more open hours than any other college art museum in the country.

Mead Art Museum

Hours

Temporary Academic Year Hours (when Amherst College classes are in session)
Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.–5  p.m.
Closed Monday

Non-academic Year Hours (when Amherst College classes are not in session)
Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
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.–8 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.–5  p.m.
Closed Monday


Admission

Admission to the Mead is always free of charge.


Access

The museum is fully accessible, and accessible parking spaces are available to visitors along the College’s main quadrangle. A wheelchair is available for use on site. Visitors requiring special assistance are encouraged to contact the museum in advance: 413-542-2335.


Directions

GPS-Friendly Street Address:
41 Quadrangle Drive in Amherst, MA, 01002

The Mead is located on the Amherst College campus in the historic town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst lies approximately 2 hours west of Boston, 3 hours north of New York City, and 2 hours east of Albany. The main entrance to Amherst College is near the intersection of MA Routes 9 and 116. Learn more:


Parking

After 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, all visitors may park in any spot on campus, including along the main quadrangle. On weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., campus parking is restricted to permit holders. During these hours, visitors are asked to park in the town's metered on-street spaces or in the nearby Boltwood parking garage: see Amherst town parking map (PDF).

Passenger Drop-off Information:

  • Cars and vans may drop passengers off in front of the Mead. 
  • Buses must drop off and pick up in front of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, located on Boltwood Ave. After delivering passengers, buses are welcome to park in the Hills Parking Lot for the duration of the visit. To reach the Hills Parking Lot, turn right from Boltwood Ave. onto MA Route 9. Drive one-half mile and turn right into the Hills Parking Lot.