Summer 2021 FAQ

Museum of Art Museum of Art

Summer 2021 FAQ

When will the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) reopen to the public?
The BCMA will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

What days and hours will the BCMA be open to the public?
Beginning on Thursday, July 1 the BCMA will be open Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Do I have to be vaccinated to visit the BCMA?
It is the expectation of the BCMA that anyone who is eligible to be vaccinated will be vaccinated prior to visiting the Museum.

Will visitors be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to visit the BCMA?
We will not be requiring visitors to provide proof of vaccination in order to visit the Museum, however, it is our expectation that all visitors eligible to be vaccinated will be vaccinated prior to their visit.

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?

  • The Museum has established maximum occupancy limits for each gallery and common areas.
  • All touchscreens have been removed.
  • All high–touch areas (door handles, handrails, etc.) will be cleaned frequently.
  • Visitors will be expected to maintain social distancing of six feet and wear face masks.

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 will be available for those who do not have them.

Is there a limit on how many people can visit the BCMA at one time?
The Museum has established an occupancy limit of one hundred visitors.

If the BCMA has reached its capacity limit, what will happen? 

Should the Museum reach its occupancy limit, visitors will be asked to wait outside until other people leave.

What is on view at the BCMA this summer?
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 summer?
We are not scheduling formal group visits or tours for this summer.

Is there a limit on the size of visitor groups?
We request that visitor groups do not exceed eight people.

Will there be regularly scheduled tours of the BCMA available?
No, we will not be holding regularly scheduled tours at the Museum this summer.

Will there be any lectures or special events at the BCMA this summer?
The Museum will be holding lectures and special events this summer that are open to the public, but they will all be virtual. Please check the Museum’s online calendar for information about this summer’s offerings.

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

What entrance should visitors use?
Entry to the BCMA this summer will be 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, most 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 beginning July 1. 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?