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General Policies

Covid-19 Policies

Effective on April 14, COVID-19 vaccination proof or a negative PCR test are no longer required to visit.

Effective on March 14, face coverings are optional for all visitors and staff in the museums, consistent with campus, city, and state guidelines. However, until further notice, face coverings will still be required for attendees at all events and programs in Menschel Hall, the museums’ 300-seat lecture hall and theater.

Given the updated policy regarding face coverings, the 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.

The Harvard Art Museums have carefully planned for operating in alignment with city and state guidelines. Although we have implemented enhanced health and safety measures, we cannot guarantee that any visitor will not contract COVID-19 during their visit. A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public setting.

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 and CDC guidelines.

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 based on the evolving health crisis. We encourage you to check back here before your visit.

General Policies

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.

Pens, ink, and paint are not permitted. 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.

No food, beverages, or gum.