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Covid-19 Policies

All visitors age 12 or older must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours. Please see below for details.

The new policy was developed in consultation with public health officials at Harvard and is designed to protect the health and safety of everyone spending time within the museums. The policy aligns with the university-wide vaccination requirement and testing protocols already in place for all students, faculty, and staff on campus. Harvard ID holders in compliance with these protocols may use their Harvard ID to enter the museums (with advance reservation).

Policy details

• All visitors age 12 and older are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Visitors age 17 and older must also present a valid driver’s license or government-issued form of ID, such as a passport.

• Vaccination documentation must be authentic and reflect that visitors are fully vaccinated, having received their final dose at least two weeks prior to the day of their visit. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC COVID-19 vaccination card and vaccination records of COVID -19 World Health Organization-approved vaccines. We will accept photo of the card records or a digital vaccine record (such as may be displayed through an app like Bindle or a digital medical record like MyChart).

• Anyone not vaccinated or who is unable to verify their vaccination status for any reason will be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (not a rapid test) taken within the last 72 hours. Proof of a negative test must be in the form of written medical documentation (either paper or electronic) and must include the test date, test result, type of test, and entity issuing the result.

• Staff will verify documentation upon your arrival, but the museums will not collect or store this information. Please do not email your documentation in advance of your visit.

• Visitors younger than 12 years old do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter, but must adhere to all other visitor policies and must be accompanied by an adult who has satisfied the above requirements.

• Any person who does not meet these requirements may be denied entry to the museums, notwithstanding their reservations.

Other COVID-19 policies

• Advance reservations are required to visit the museums.

• All visitors age 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face covering.

• Requests for exceptions to the face covering policy for medical reasons must be submitted for consideration in advance of booking a visit or making a reservation. Please email us at

• Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth of the wearer and must provide a tight fit against the face.

• Unacceptable face coverings include single-layer cloth face coverings, bandanas hanging loosely and not secured under the chin, masks with exhalation valves/vents, and coverings made from loosely woven material or highly elastic fabric, which can become ineffective.

• We are operating at reduced capacity to maintain smaller crowd sizes. Expect increased signage and possible wait times in some spaces.

• School groups that schedule visits to the museums in advance must present their own health and safety guidelines to Harvard for review. If the guidelines meet the university’s minimum standards for health and safety, school groups are able to provide attestations regarding the vaccination and/or testing status of students.

• Unvaccinated visitors are required to maintain adequate social distance.

• We are following Harvard’s rigorous policies and guidelines designed to stop the spread of COVID-19, including using cleaning products and protocols that meet EPA guidelines and frequently cleaning and sanitizing 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, are 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.

• 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.