COVID-19 Updates

 COVID-19 Closure

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis will remain closed to the public for the 2020–2021 academic year. This was a very difficult decision to make and reflects the unprecedented times in which we find ourselves. Yet the decision is one that we feel is necessary to protect the safety and well-being of all. It was formulated in coordination with the University-wide COVID-19 response plan and health and safety guidelines, which include restricting public access to all campus facilities. 

As part of the first phase of planning for a full reopening, and in support of teaching on campus, the Kemper Art Museum will be accessible in a limited fashion to Washington University students, faculty, and staff. Learn more >>

As we very much look forward to welcoming the public back into our galleries in the near future, the Museum continues to develop new online resources and ways to virtually connect. Though nothing compares to seeing works of art in person, we remain committed to engaging with our audiences—inspiring dialogue, supporting educators, and showcasing the Museum’s remarkable collections.

We have launched In Conversation, a series of live, hour-long online talks with artists, art historians, and scholars. Other resources include select digital exhibitions, thematic virtual tours highlighting the permanent collection, and live online tours led by student educators. For the latest information, visit #KemperConnect.

A date for full reopening has yet to be determined, but we will continue to post updates as plans develop. In the meantime, we hope that you’ll join us online and stay connected via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support. We hope to see you soon.