Boston-Area Museums Jointly Announce Closure

BOSTON (March 12, 2020)—Today the Harvard Art Museums, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are announcing that each will close to the public. This decision was made collaboratively as a response to ensure the health and safety of our staff, our visitors and our community.

The CDC has clearly communicated that one of the most effective measures for controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is social distancing. Based on that recommendation, we feel it our ethical responsibility to put the common good ahead of any one individual or institution.

We know we are stronger together. We look forward to reopening when it is safe for the public, staff and volunteers.

Martha Tedeschi, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, Harvard Art Museums
Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director, Institute of Contemporary Art
Peggy Fogelman, Norma Jean Calderwood Director, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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