For Immediate Release
March 13, 2020

Williamstown, Massachusetts—In support of ongoing efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Clark Art Institute will temporarily close its galleries and exhibitions to the public effective March 14. Museum officials will continue to monitor and assess developments and will make a further announcement on April 1 regarding the duration of the closure.

“The health of our entire community is of paramount importance to us, and as the current situation continues to evolve, we believe it is imperative to act swiftly in the best interest of public safety,” said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark. “While we have been proactive in implementing numerous preventive measures as advised by federal, state, and local officials, we now feel that the most responsible action is to temporarily pause our normal operations.”

Although there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus connected to the museum, the Clark will use the hiatus period to continue its rigorous cleaning protocols and will assess all building systems to ensure peak effectiveness in maintaining a safe and healthy environment.

The Clark’s 140-acre campus and walking trails remain open to the public.

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