4/3/20 - Ongoing

The museum building is closed to the public until further notice. We are working in close collaboration with Williams College leadership to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 and to promote the health and wellbeing of the community. Learn more about the museum’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester below and about college-wide plans here.

We encourage you to explore the collection outdoors and online; to stay connected with us via social media—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; and to participate in our online program series New Ecologies. Subscribe to WCMA’s biweekly newsletter to stay up-to-date on museum happenings, programmatic offerings, and more. Email us with questions or suggestions.

We continue to be teaching, learning, listening, and living in new and resilient ways, just like you. And we look forward with hope to the day we can welcome you back into the galleries to enjoy the art, share ideas, and create community in person.

Be well. Be connected. Be creative. Be safe.

Fall 2020 Plans

Is the museum open?

The museum will open September 14 for classes and academic use by Williams students and faculty. All visits are by appointment. The museum does not foresee opening to the public this fall, and drop-in visits are not possible. We hope to open to other members of the Williams community soon, please look for an announcement in early October.

What are the museum hours?

Beginning September 14, museum hours are Monday through Friday by appointment. Daily hours are determined based on class schedule and teaching needs. To schedule a class visit, please contact Liz Gallerani. There are currently no weekend hours.

Is Object Lab open?

Yes, Object Lab has been installed and is ready to welcome fall classes in Bloedel and Faison galleries.

Is Rose Study Classroom available for classes?

Classes normally scheduled for Rose will take place in a larger gallery space for safer distancing.

Will there be any hours specifically for community members who are not faculty and staff?

Not at this time. To ensure everyone’s safety, access for public visitors is not available until further notice. As per Williams College health and safety guidelines, the museum will revisit this policy as the year continues. 

Are works of art available for research?

Works from the collection are not accessible to outside researchers at this time. Depending on condition and location, artworks are available to Williams students and faculty by appointment with Liz Gallerani.

How does social distancing work in the museum, including exhibition viewings, small group visits, in-gallery classes, etc.?

All spaces in the museum are marked for safe circulation at recommended distance and occupancy. Visitor services staff help guide classes through the building and help keep safe practices.

What safety measures are in place at the museum? Are staff and visitors required to wear a mask? Is hand sanitizer available? What cleaning procedures are in place?

All people in the museum are required to wear cloth masks to keep all of us safe. There are disposable masks available for anyone who has forgotten theirs. Hand sanitizer dispensers are provided. Wipe down of teaching spaces will occur between classes. Class visits are timed to allow for air circulation. Restrooms are single use.

What student engagement and/or internship-type programs are being offered?

WCMA is offering student internships this academic year, including group activities. They are adapted as necessary for remote work. Please visit this page for more information.

Will the WALLS program still run for the fall semester?

The WALLS program unfortunately cannot be offered this fall.

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