you can stop the spread of covid-19

Spartanburg Art Museum’s highest priority is the safety of visitors, volunteers, students, and staff during this time of the global pandemic known as SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19. This novel coronavirus is an upper respiratory tract illness with a host of debilitating symptoms and side effects, including the deaths of over 100,000 Americans between February 29 and June 1 2020.

You are capable of saving lives and stopping the spread of COVID-19. Basic sanitation methods, such as washing your hands frequently throughout the day, coughing and sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, wearing a cloth face covering, and staying six feet away from others are the standard CDC guidelines for thwarting the novel coronavirus.


Please adhere to the following guidelines when entering and leaving the Museum.

if you are sick, go home!

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including coughing, fever, sore throat, congestion, or shortness of breath, is not permitted in this facility. Please consult a health care provider about your symptoms immediately.

please wear a mask.

Front desk volunteers, staff, and art school instructors all wear masks while interacting with the public and we encourage you to do so, too. Wearing a cloth face covering, even a bandanna or scarf, significantly reduces the number of respiratory particles (of any kind) you release into the air while breathing and speaking.

a waste basket is available at the entrance of the museum.

Food and drink, including chewing gum, is not permitted in the Museum at this time. Please use this receptacle to dispose of tissues and other waste to keep this space clean.

stay six feet / two meters away from others.

Physical (or social) distancing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Six feet is just outside the average range of exhaled respiratory particles.

practice good respiratory etiquette.

Keep your sneeze to yourself! Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, elbow, or a tissue to keep respiratory particles from spreading to people near you.

begin your visit toward the left.

We recommend that visitors start on the left-hand side of the Museum and read the curatorial statement before enjoying the rest of the exhibition in a counter-clockwise manner. Don’t forget to check the Alcove Gallery too!

do not touch the art!

We know this art is super cool, and even if you’re really careful, accidents do happen. Your skin produces natural oils that, over time, can damage and discolor artwork, frames, and glass. If you’re curious about a piece of art, ask a staff member or volunteer, or check our free audio guide for more information.

keep your gallery guide.

To minimize the spread of germs via touching surfaces, we request that, for the time being, visitors do not put used gallery guides back in the tray. If you and your child complete an activity guide in the Learning Lounge, please keep that as well.

we clean. a lot.

Each front desk volunteer and staff member is responsible for cleaning the front desk, telephone, computer, benches, tables, and other communal items at the end of the day. Learning Lounge materials, such as pens, pencils, and sticky notes, are sanitized daily with a UV light.

use hand sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer stations are located at the front of the building where you entered, and next to the elevator just outside of SAM’s front door. Restrooms are through the far right doorway (as you exit the Museum.) A wheelchair-accessible family restroom is available on the second floor.

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