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MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) to Reopen to the Public on October 9, 2021

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Boston, MA – August 23, 2021 – The MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) announced today plans to reopen to the public on Saturday, October 9, 2021. The Museum’s inaugural exhibitions, Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet; Game Changers: Video Games & Contemporary Art; and Ghost Of A Dream: Yesterday Is Here will remain on view for its reopening season.

“We had a marvelous grand opening in February 2020, but the pandemic required that the Museum close just days later. Only a small portion of our audience was able to see our inaugural exhibitions in person,” said Lisa Tung, Executive Director of the MassArt Art Museum. “We created MAAM to offer a welcoming, immersive, and accessible experience with contemporary art — where everyone can come and see something they’ve never seen before. Two of the exhibitions on view were created especially for MAAM and are unlike anything you would see elsewhere. We are excited to invite the community in and be together again.”

Despite being physically closed since March of 2020, the MassArt Art Museum has continued its mission to serve as a free and accessible resource for contemporary art by offering virtual programming through MAAM From Home, which included over 50 virtual live drawing and art making events, as well as exhibition-inspired asynchronous activities and lessons for educators and families. A schedule of in-person and virtual programming will be released for the fall, so that visitors and their families can continue to engage with the museum as they feel most comfortable.

This fall, MAAM plans to operate at a reduced capacity with advanced registration required to prioritize the health and safety of the MassArt community and its visitors. Admission to the museum and its programming is always free. Visitors are encouraged to check the museum’s website for updated COVID-19 safety protocols and advanced ticketing information. 


General Admission Hours:

  • Thursday 4-8pm
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 12-6pm

Always free; ticketing will open two weeks prior to the reopening date.


MassArt Art Museum
621 Huntington Avenue (Avenue of the Arts)
Boston, MA 02115

Public Transportation

  • MBTA Green Line E Train (Longwood Medical Area stop)
  • Route 39 MBTA bus (Huntington Ave @ Longwood Ave stop)

For more information about exhibitions, museum hours and COVID-19 protocols, please visit


About the MassArt Art Museum

The MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) is Boston’s only free contemporary art museum. After extensive renovations, MAAM opened in February 2020 in the space formerly known as the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at the heart of MassArt’s campus on the Avenue of the Arts. MAAM is a kunsthalle, or non-collecting museum, showing temporary exhibitions that feature the work of artists at all stages of their careers to bring fresh and varied perspectives to Boston. As MassArt’s teaching museum, MAAM is a resource for MassArt students and faculty, educating students about contemporary art, partnering with faculty to support the curriculum, and preparing students for careers in the museum field. As an extension of the College’s public mission, the Museum offers pathways to education in the arts and free, unique educational programming to public schools and community groups.

About MassArt

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is a public, independent institution that prepares artists, designers, and educators from diverse backgrounds to shape communities, economies, and cultures for the common good. One of the top colleges of its kind in the United States since its founding in 1873, MassArt has built a legacy of leadership as the first freestanding public college of art and design in the country, and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM). Formerly the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, MAAM is MassArt’s free contemporary art museum, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, multimedia artist Sam Durant, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, 2016 Project Runway winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and conceptual artist William Wegman. To learn more, please visit

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621 Huntington Ave,
Boston, MA 02115

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