Virus causes Boston Museums to close and the Boston Marathon will be put off until later.


(March 12, 2020) – Today the Harvard Art Museums, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are announcing that each will close to the public.

Boston Marathon officials say the April 20th planned run will be delayed until the fall. September 5th is being looked at as a possible new date

This decision was made collaboratively as a response to ensure the health and safety of our staff, our visitors and our community. The CDC has clearly communicated that one of the most effective measures for controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is social distancing. Based on that recommendation, we feel it is our ethical responsibility to put the common good ahead of any one individual or institution.

For more information about MFA Boston’s closure, please see the statement here. Press inquiries should be directed to:

Boston Athletic Association:
Harvard Art Museums:; 617-495-2397
ICA Boston:; 617-478-3176
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:; 617-264-6061
MFA Boston:; 774-278-1008