Director’s Message

Dear Members and Friends,

In the last week, the Museum was faced with a difficult decision. While museums and arts organizations are resources for our community, and remaining available and open to the public is essential to our purpose, the safety of our communities is paramount. Based on the CDC's recommendation that one of the most effective measures for controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is social distancing, the Museum along with our sister institutions across the US felt it our ethical responsibility to close on March 12, and remain closed for up to 30 days. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our staff and volunteers, visitors, and community.

During this period, all Museum events are canceled or postponed, and we will follow city, state, and health officials’ guidelines and recommendations for reopening to the public and the reintroduction of all related programming.

Given the evolving nature of the situation, we will share updates as they become available. We look forward to reopening when it is safe for the public, staff, and volunteers. I extend my deepest thanks for your continued support, patience, and understanding.

We will continue to share the MFA as a resource online here and through social media; I hope you find the voices of artists and images of humanity’s strength and nature’s beauty a comfort in unsettling times and a confirmation in your communities of the resilience of the human spirit.

Be well and safe,

Matthew Teitelbaum
Ann and Graham Gund Director