Gallery Guidelines

COVID-19 Update:

The safety and health of visitors and staff is the highest priority at the Mattatuck Museum. With the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the United States, the Museum is keeping up to date with all CDC health-related plans and procedures.

Based upon the recent recommendation of the CDC, the Museum is returning to a “masks optional” policy for visitors and staff. Should another variant or other issue arise we will reassess the decision at that time. Masks are available at the visitor services desk for patrons who would prefer to wear them.

By entering the facility, attendees accept all risk in attending in-person events and will adhere to all social distancing and protective equipment use requirements.

Gallery Guidelines

  • Food and drinks are permitted only in the café and Rooftop Terrace
  • Water in plastic bottles may be brought into the Museum
  • Only pencils may be used in the galleries; the use of ballpoint pens, ink, markers, fountain pens or watercolors is not permitted at any time
  • Strollers are allowed in all galleries unless otherwise noted
  • Oversize and jogging strollers are prohibited
  • A wheelchair is available in the coat room (inquire at Welcome Desk)
  • To ensure the safety of the collection, the Museum does not permit visitors to carry bags on their backs in the galleries
  • All backpacks, packages, and other large items must be left in the coatroom. Locking cubbies are available. The Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Coats and small umbrellas may be carried into the galleries. Large umbrellas must be left in the coat room.
  • The Museum reserves the right to refuse other items being brought into the Museum.
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Museum, on the Roof Terrace, or Museum grounds.


  • Flash photography and video cameras cannot be used inside the Museum.
  • Still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only in the galleries devoted to the permanent collection.
  • Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas consisting of works of art on loan from private collections or other institutions.
  • Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.