Here's A List Of Mass. Arts And Culture Events Impacted By Coronavirus

WBUR's arts desk, The ARTery, is tracking coronavirus-related news on the cancellation, postponement or other considerations facing cultural institutions and their events around Massachusetts. We will continue to update this post as more news is announced.

Museums and Galleries

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum -  The museum has canceled programs and events through September 14, 2020.

ātac (Amazing Things Arts Center) - All programming has been canceled through April.

Gallery 360, Northeastern University - The gallery will remain closed until mid-April.

Fuller Craft Museum - Effective Sunday, March 15, at 5 p.m., the museum will be closed to the public until further notice. All workshops, programs, events, rentals and tours are canceled.

MASS MoCA - All museum galleries will be closed through May 1. For a list of rescheduled events, please visit the museum’s website.

Worcester Art Museum - The museum will be closed to the public until further notice.

Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Closed until further notice.

Fitchburg Art Museum - As of March 13 at 4 p.m., the museum is closed to the public until further notice.

New England Quilt Museum - The museum is closed until May 5.

Clark Art Institute - The museum is temporarily closed until at least May 4.

DeCordova Sculpture Park And Museum - Effectively immediately, the indoor galleries will be closed and will remain closed until further notice.

The Charles River Museum - The museum is closed until further notice and has suspended its public event schedule through the end of April.

MIT Museum - The museum will close at 5 p.m. today and remain closed until further notice.

USS Constitution Museum - The museum is closed to the public.

Historic New England museums - All sites are temporarily closed until further notice.

MIT’s List Visual Art Center - The museum closed to the public beginning Friday, March 13, and will remain closed until further notice. All events and programs through early May have been canceled or postponed.

Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University - Effective March 16, the museum will suspend all onsite operations and will remain closed until April 30.

Peabody Essex Museum - As of March 12, the museum is closed and all events, both PEM-organized and PEM-hosted, have been canceled or postponed through April 30.

Cape Ann Museum - The museum will be temporarily closed until further notice.

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House Museums - Beginning March 13, the museums will be closed to the public until further notice. Additionally, all events have been canceled.

Museum of Science - The museum announced that it will close and suspend all public programming for a minimum of three weeks.

Boston Children’s Museum - The museum has announced it will suspend all planned programming and re-opening until the risk to the public has declined.

Harvard Art Museums, ICA, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts - In a joint statement, the museums have announced they are closing to the public at the end of business on Thursday, March 12 until further notice. (Note: All of Harvard’s museums, including the museums of science and culture, are currently closed to the public until further notice.)

EXIT - In a statement, the gallery announced postponing the opening event for “Into Chaos” that was scheduled to take place March 13.

VanDernoot Gallery at the Photographic Resource Center - Located at Lesley University, all events and exhibits are postponed.

MAAM - The MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) will be temporarily closed until further notice.

Davis Museum at Wellesley College -  The galleries have been closed and all public programs are suspended until further notice.

Tufts University Art Galleries - Both art gallery locations in Medford/Somerville and Boston/SMFA are now closed to the public

Edward M. Kennedy Institute - Effective March 12, the institute is closed to the public.

The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation - Located at MGH, a museum official shared that it “will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future in keeping with the hospital's efforts to limit the number of people visiting the hospital and encourage social distancing."


Boston Ballet - UPDATE: The ballet announced it has rescheduled all performances of "Carmen" to August 20-30​ (previously scheduled for March 12-22) and performances of "Swan Lake" (May 1–31) and "Off the Charts" (May 8–29) have been suspended.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival - In a statement shared March 31, organizers announced the cancelation of the summer festival that was scheduled to take place June 24-Aug. 30.

The Dance Complex - The building will be closed through Monday, May 4.


Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater - The theater has canceled its 2020 season.

Shakespeare & Company - According to a statement, the summer season has been canceled.

ArtsEmerson - ArtsEmerson has suspended the rest of its 2019-2020 season. Octavia E Butler's "Parable of the Sower" has been rescheduled for Oct. 1-4.

A.R.T. & OBERON -  The rest of A.R.T.’s 2019-2020 season programming has been postponed and all Oberon events have been postponed or canceled. Productions of "Macbeth In Stride" and "1776" will be moved into the 2020-21 season.

The Company Theatre - The Company is suspending all public performances, in-person classes and rehearsals until further notice.

Trinity Repertory Company - The remainder of the 2019-2020 season has been canceled.

Lyric Stage Company - The theater closed after its evening performance of “The Treasurer” on Saturday, March 14. The Lyric Stage and the Front Porch Arts Collective have decided to postpone the production of "Fabulation or, the Re-Education of Undine" until the fall, replacing the previously announced production of "The Light."

Merrimack Repertory Theatre - MRT is postponing its productions of “The Lowell Offering” and “Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End” to its 2020-21 season.

Fort Point Theater Channel - Upcoming performances of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” at Hibernian Hall, previously scheduled for March 17 to April 4, have been canceled.

Cirque du Soleil - The troupe is canceling its Boston engagement of “Under the Same Sky,” which was to be held from Aug. 29 to Sept. 27 Under the Big Top at Suffolk Downs.

Wheelock Family Theatre - The theater is postponing its upcoming production of “The Little Prince” and canceling all spring education programs through the end of April.

New Repertory Theatre - The theater has postponed all performances of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” to the fall of 2020; all bookings of touring productions scheduled prior to April 13 of “Thurgood,” “The Scarlet Letter,” and “Romeo & Juliet” have been postponed until further notice; and all performances of August Wilson’s “Fences” have been canceled.

Boston Center for the Arts - The entire campus (including the Mills Gallery, Plaza Theatres [Plaza Theatre and Black Box Theatre], Cyclorama, and Calderwood Pavilion) is temporarily closed, while the Artists Studio Building will remain open to tenant artists but closed to third party rentals in Studio 204.

Mosesian Center for the Arts - Effective immediately, the center will be closed to the public until at least May 4 for all performances, classes, exhibitions and events.

SpeakEasy Stage Company - All remaining performances of “The Children” (scheduled through March 28) have been canceled.

Huntington Theatre Company - Effective immediately (as of March 12), the Huntington Theatre Company will suspend all public performances and events at both the Huntington Avenue Theatre and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA until further notice.

Boch Center - The center announced it is suspending theater tours and education programming effective immediately until further notice.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre - UPDATE: The annual Boston Theater Marathon, scheduled to take place April 19, has been rescheduled to April 2-May 17 and will be hosted online, according to a post on the theater’s Facebook page.


Landmark Theatres - Both the Kendall Square and Embassy Cinemas are temporarily closed.

Somerville Theatre - The theater is closed as of March 16 and will remain closed until at least May 4.

Brattle Theatre - As of Saturday, March 14, the theater is suspending all programs through at least May 4.

Coolidge Corner Theatre - Effective March 13 at 6 p.m., the theater is suspending all films, special events, and education programs through at least May 4.

Boston Underground Film Festival - Set to take place March 25-29 at the Brattle Theatre, the festival is being postponed to later in the year.

Independent Film Festival Baston - The festival, previously scheduled for April 22-29, has been postponed.

Boston Turkish Film Festival - The festival, scheduled to take place March 19-April 25, has been canceled.

Wicked Queer, The Boston LGBT Film Festival - The festival is postponing to a later date in 2020.

Bright Lights Film Series at Emerson College - Programming has ceased and many scheduled events will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Wellfleet Preservation Hall - All events have been canceled or postponed, including its “Soup & Cinema” series and its “Wild, Weird & Wonderful Women Film Series.”

Women Take The Reel Film Festival - Screenings have been canceled for March, with many campuses planning to screen films in the fall 2020 semester.

Irish Film Festival Boston - Previously scheduled for March 19-22 at the Somerville Theatre, the festival has been rescheduled for Nov. 19-22.

Harvard Film Archive - According to a note on their website, the cinematheque will be closed through the end of May and all screenings will be rescheduled later in the 2020-21 season.

Salem Film Fest - As reported to ARTery contributor Erin Trahan, after discussions with officials and their board, festival runners have decided to postpone the events, which were scheduled to take place March 20-29.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival - Originally slated for March 26-29, the festival has been postponed. According to a statement on their website, they hope to have a “modified version of our film festival in late May or early June.”


Newport Folk Festival - The 2020 festival has been canceled, according to an announcement released April 29.

Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest - According to a post on its website, the 2020 festival has been postponed to June 2021.

Boston Symphony Orchestra - UPDATE: The 2020 Boston Pops spring season has been canceled. The season was designed as a celebration of Keith Lockhart’s 25th anniversary, and will now be postponed to 2021.

Beach Road Weekend Music Festival - The 2020 festival on Martha’s Vineyard has officially canceled.

Boston Calling Music Festival - Festival organizers announced the cancellation of the event, scheduled for May 28-30.

Boston Lyric Opera - The company's planned production of George Frideric Handel's “Giulio Cesare” (originally scheduled for May 8-17) is canceled.

Guerilla Opera - The ensemble has canceled the rest of their season.

Scullers Jazz Club - The club is temporarily suspending operations and will be postponing all events beginning March 19 through June 1.

Celebrity Series of Boston - The remaining performances of the 2019-2020 season have been canceled.

Handel and Haydn Society - Both performances of Bach “St. Matthew Passion,” originally set to take place April 3 and 5 at Symphony Hall, have been canceled. The performances will not be rescheduled.

Longy School of Music - All concerts and masterclasses are canceled for the duration of the spring semester.

Rockport Music - The organization has decided to cancel all Shalin Liu Performance Center events starting today through May 4.

New England Conservatory - As of March 9, the NEC has announced “temporarily suspending access to all NEC concerts for all visitors from outside our campus community.” Boston Baroque, which performs in NEC’s Jordan Hall, has postponed its March performances of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and “Gloria” and canceled its April opera productions of Handel’s “Ariodante.”

Berklee College of Music - In an update released March 11, “effective Saturday, March 14, all performances, events, and visiting artists will be postponed, hosted online, or canceled until further notice.”

Sanders Theatre - Effective March 10, Harvard University has canceled all events at the theater until further notice.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus - The chorus has announced the decision to cancel their March 14 and March 15 concerts. “This is the first time in our 38 years we’ve had to take this action,” the chorus said in an announcement.

New England Folk Festival - Scheduled to take place April 24-26, the festival has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

Global Arts Live - All concerts have been canceled or postponed through June 26. For a full list, read the statement on the organization’s website.


Cambridge Public Libraries - All branches will be closed until further notice.

Arlington Public Libraries - All branches are closed until further notice.

Brookline Public Libraries - All branches are closed until at least May 4.

Boston Public Library - All locations are closed until further notice. All online services will remain available.

Somerville Public Libraries - All locations will remain closed until May 4. All events have been canceled or postponed through April 30.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum - As of March 11, the library and museum will be closed until further notice.


Cambridge Arts River Festival - Originally scheduled for June 6, 2020, the festival has been canceled.

Boston Pride - Annual Pride events scheduled for June 2020 will be postponed to June 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home - All public events are canceled through June. The grounds will remain open.

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo will be temporarily closed until further notice. All scheduled events and education programs are also canceled during this time.

The Trustees - All public programs are canceled through April 30 and all outdoor properties are temporarily closed until further notice.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden - The property is closed until May 4.

The Umbrella Arts Center - The building will remain closed until further notice.

PRX Podcast Garage - Locations in Boston and Washington D.C. are currently closed with plans to transition to online workshops and gatherings.

New England Aquarium - Effective close of business March 12, the aquarium will be closed to the public and has suspended all events and programming.

Cambridge Science Festival - Originally scheduled to take place April 17-26, the festival has been canceled “in light of Covid-19 (the coronavirus disease) and the clear policies issued by MIT concerning events and best practices for public health.”

Catalyst Conversations - The events scheduled for March 19 and April 25 have been postponed, organizers announced, but they “anticipate offering our planned programs next fall.”

Newburyport Literary Festival - Scheduled to take place April 24-25, the literary festival has been canceled.

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This article was originally published on March 11, 2020.


Dianna Bell Arts & Culture Editor
Dianna Bell is an arts and culture editor for WBUR.



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