Fall 2021 FAQ
When will the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) reopen to the public?
The BCMA is open to the public.
What days and hours is the BCMA be open to the public?
Public hours are: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
Will visitors be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to visit the BCMA?
Yes. To protect the health and safety of the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities, Bowdoin College is requiring all guests visiting the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to provide proof of full vaccination status through the smartphone app Health Pass by CLEAR.
Are visitors required to wear face coverings while visiting the BCMA?
Yes, visitors are required to wear face coverings at all times while visiting the Museum.
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 touchscreens have been removed.
- All high-touch areas (door handles, handrails, etc.) will be cleaned frequently.
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 this fall?
We are not currently scheduling formal group visits or tours for this fall.
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. Many will be virtual. 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?