2022 FAQ

Museum of Art Museum of Art

2022 FAQ

Is the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) open to the public?
The BCMA is open to the public. Free admission.

What days and hours is the BCMA be open to the public?
Public hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Closed Monday and national holidays.

Will visitors be required to be vaccinated in order to visit the BCMA?
Yes. To protect the health and safety of the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities, Bowdoin College requires all guests five years and older visiting the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to be vaccinated (and boosted for age 12 and older) against COVID-19.

Are visitors required to wear face coverings while visiting the BCMA?
Masks are encouraged. Surgical, KN95 or equivalent (N95, KF-94) masks are recommended.

Will face coverings be available at the BCMA?
Yes, face coverings are available for those who do not have them.

Do I need to make a reservation to visit the BCMA?
No, reservations are not required to visit the Museum.

What new protocols has the BCMA implemented to keep visitors safe?

All high-touch areas (door handles, handrails, etc.) are cleaned frequently.

What is on view at the BCMA?
For the most current information about Museum exhibitions, please visit the exhibition page on the BCMA website.

Are you booking formal group visits to the BCMA?
We are not currently scheduling formal group visits or tours.

Will there be regularly scheduled tours of the BCMA available?
No, we are not currently offering tours.

Will there be any lectures or special events at the BCMA this fall?
The Museum will be holding lectures and special events that are open to the public. Please check the Museum's online calendar for more information.

Will there be printed maps and programs available for visitors?
Yes, we are offering printed maps and programs for visitors.

What entrance should visitors use?
Entry to the BCMA is through the glass pavilion door closest to the Bowdoin Quad.

Will the Museum Shop be open to visitors?
Yes, the Museum Shop will be open to visitors during regular BCMA hours.

Is there any place on campus that visitors can get lunch?
There are no dining facilities on campus that are currently open to the public, however, visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the campus grounds. Additionally, there are many excellent local restaurants open that serve lunch.

What else is open to the public on the Bowdoin campus?
While visitors may walk around the Bowdoin campus, buildings remain closed to the public. One exception is the library's George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), which will be open to researchers on a limited basis. Please visit the SC&A website for the most current information. Note that Hawthorne-Longfellow Library remains closed to visitors, other than those who have appointments in SC&A.

Will the BCMA have wheelchairs available for visitors to use?
Yes, the Museum will have wheelchairs available for visitor use.

Are there any other visitor guidelines?
The BCMA's traditional visitor guidelines will also apply this summer:

  • Do not touch the art.
  • Please respect our twelve-inch proximity rule.
  • Food and drink are prohibited within the galleries.
  • Photography is limited. For assistance, please ask an officer.
  • Silence your cell phones and please do not use them in the galleries.
  • Bags larger than 11 x 15 inches are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Umbrellas and wet outerwear are prohibited.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Security officers reserve the right to inspect books and bags.
  • Weapons of any kind are prohibited.
  • Shirt and shoes are required.
  • Please use only pencils in the galleries.

What is the BCMA's phone number?