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General Policies

Face coverings are optional for all visitors and staff in the museums, consistent with campus, city, and state guidelines. Harvard Art Museums are committed to creating an environment in which individual choices are respected. Please join us in ensuring that every visitor feels equally respected regardless of their choice to wear a face covering.

To help protect visitors and staff, we ask that you stay home if you are unwell, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are required to isolate or quarantine in accordance with University or CDC guidelines.

Noncommercial photography and filming is permitted, except of works of art or exhibitions accompanied by a “no photo” icon. Use of flash, tripods, monopods, or camera extension poles is not permitted.

All bags are subject to inspection.

Please use the coatroom to check larger items, including umbrellas, briefcases, backpacks, and rigid baby carriers. Strollers are available at the admissions desk.

Please refrain from touching the art.

Please note that children under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult.

Pens, markers, paint, colored pencils, charcoal, ink and pastels are not permitted. Graphite pencils are available at the admissions desk.

Cell phone use in the galleries is restricted to accessing digital tools and digital records for objects on view. Phone conversations are limited to the courtyard and lower level lobby.

Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times.

No food, beverages, or gum.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to creating an environment that fosters inclusion and belonging. Please join us in ensuring that every visitor feels welcomed and respected. Our dedicated staff are here to make your visit safe and enjoyable. Abusive, harassing, discriminatory, or threatening language or behavior toward visitors or staff will not be tolerated.

Visitors agree to abide by the guidelines on the museums’ website and by all instructions posted in the museums or provided by staff during the visit. If a visitor or member of their party fails to follow the museums’ guidelines and instructions, they may be denied entry or required to leave the premises.

These policies are subject to change or reevaluation. We encourage you to check back here before your visit.