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General Policies

We’re here to help! Stop by the admissions desk in the courtyard if you need assistance. In addition, while our gallery attendants’ primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of the people and the art in the museums, they are also available to help with a question or to point you in the right direction.

• All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask.
• Unvaccinated visitors are required to maintain adequate social distance.
• Expect increased signage and limited capacity in some spaces.
• We use cleaning products and protocols which meet EPA guidelines, and we frequently clean and sanitize all public spaces. Hand sanitizer stations are available for your use throughout the museums.

The Harvard Art Museums have carefully planned for reopening 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, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days prior to your visit, or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to your visit.

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.

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.