Welcome Back to AAM
The Academy Art Museum Opens August 1!
The Museum opens new doors to the arts with the culmination of its $5+ million capital campaign. A new freshly-landscaped pathway leads visitors from the cultural corridor of South Harrison Street into the Museum’s new Mary Lou McAllister Courtyard. The courtyard was formed by both the existing historic buildings and a series of additions created in the 1990s and expanded in 2004. This newly designed public space will provide for relaxation, informal gatherings, meetings, and Museum functions.
The new modern glass A. James and Alice B. Clark Entrance beckons visitors into the Saul Atrium Gallery and other Museum galleries, bringing the visitor into the twenty-first century while also honoring the legacy of the Museum’s historic buildings and traditions. The new entrance brings the public into the center of the building activities rather than into the end of a corridor, making traffic more rational and easier to control. A new ADA ramp provides accessible entry at the same location. School children will continue to access the building through the existing entrance which will ease congestion. Click here for a virtual tour of the Museum.
To view a time lapse of AAM’s renovations, please watch the video below.
New Covid-19 Procedures
Per City, State and CDC guidelines, new safety measures and have been implemented to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing.
Safety measures to protect staff and visitors include, but are not limited to:
· Individuals who enter the building must wear a face covering. The CDC does not recommend that a child under the age of 2 wear a face covering. AAM will provide face coverings to those who don’t have their own.
· The Museum will maintain a rigorous cleaning schedule and will frequently sanitize high touch areas like door handles.
· Visitors and staff will enter in through the new courtyard and entrance on Harrison Street and exit through designated door to South Street to ensure social distancing.
· Social distancing will be strictly enforced with signage throughout the Museum.
· AAM staff have access to masks and gloves. All AAM staff who engage the visiting public will wear a face shield or mask and gloves.
· Hand sanitation stations have been installed for staff and visitors.
Prior to visiting Academy Art Museum, visitors are encouraged to visit AAM’s website to read more about the Museum’s reopening protocols. Responses to frequently asked questions can be found below. If you aren’t able to visit the Museum at this time, please enjoy our available virtual tours, art activities, artist talks and virtual platform, Art at Home. We look forward to seeing you soon at AAM.
What are the new museum hours?
The Museum’s hours have been reduced for August: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm, Closed Mondays. The Museum will reevaluate hours as needed.
Will AAM be hosting tours, events and programming?
At this time, the Museum will not be hosting group gatherings. We do invite you to visit the Museum and tour our exhibitions. We will continue to provide online opportunities through our virtual platform, Art at Home. The following programs have been canceled for the fall:
● Music at Noon
● Mini Masters (except virtual)
● Ballroom Dance
● Arts Express Trips, Lectures, Concerts, Open Mic!
● Meetings of non-profits in the Museum (WAF, SMAL, Garden Club, etc.)
● First Fridays
● Open Studios
Do I need to wear a face covering?
For the health and safety of all, when visiting AAM, you must wear a face covering, per City, State and CDC guidelines. It is not recommended that a child under the age of 2 wear a mask. AAM will provide face coverings to those who don’t have their own.
Is the Museum operating at a reduced capacity?
AAM is operating with a reduced capacity. A limited amount of people are permitted in the building at a time. We are also limiting the number of people in all galleries to fifteen, and in restrooms, permitting two people at time. A parent or caretaker may enter the restroom with their children.
Are classes operating at a reduced capacity?
AAM will allow 5 to 6 people per class. Instructors and students must wear proper CDC required COVID PPE and maintain social distancing as laid out in state health guidelines. If classes exceed 6 students, the class will be divided and taught simultaneously in two spaces. For pottery classes, AAM allows 4 students – two at the wheels, socially distanced and two allowed to hand build.
What other measures are being implemented to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors?
● The Museum is maintaining a rigorous cleaning schedule, frequently sanitizing high touch areas like door handles.
● Academy Art Museum staff have access to masks and gloves. All AAM staff who engage the visiting public will wear a face shield or mask and gloves.
● Hand sanitation stations have been installed for staff and visitors.
● Signage throughout the Museum has been installed to communicate protocols.
More visitor information:
- Hours & Admission
- Visitor Policies
- Event Calendar
- Current Exhibitions
- Directions & Parking
The Museum is located at 106 South Street, Easton, Maryland, 21601. Please enter the museum through our new courtyard and entrance on Harrison Street.