IDEA at the Norton 

The Norton Museum of Art commits to greater inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) in every facet of our mission and internal culture. We embrace the multiplicities of our communities regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, family structure, creed, abilities, or socioeconomic status. To mirror and serve our communities better, we looked inwards and recognized an urgent need to improve, especially in the Museum’s approach to issues of race. The Norton pledges to continue to diversify our collection, exhibitions, and programs, and to foster efforts that advance equity through access and inclusion, so all visitors, staff, and community members feel welcome and empowered.

The first steps we are taking to achieve these goals are:


Implement an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Plan to address key areas of audience engagement, public programming, exhibition and collection development, facilities, and internal culture, including hiring practices, professional development, and a wage equity plan. Click here to see the Norton's IDEA Plan.

Annual Diversity Training

Incorporate annual mandatory training programs in cultural competency and bias for staff, Board members, and volunteers. Biannual training within visitor-facing departments will also be required.

Audience Development

Include two members of the Staff Diversity Committee (SDC) to augment the Norton’s Audience Development Committee (ADC). Those individuals will contribute solely in their capacity as SDC representatives to provide input on the development of exhibitions, programs, and visitor experience as they pertain to issues of IDEA.

Living Wage

As of February 4, 2021, the Museum’s minimum wage is now $15 an hour.

Annual Reporting

Audit, track, and report progress on the Norton's IDEA plan to the public.

View the Norton's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Plan 

The Norton Museum of Art COVID-19 Policies


The health and safety of our guests is a top priority for the Norton Museum. Beginning October 1, 2021, guests (ages 12+) visiting the Norton Museum of Art will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 professionally administered PCR test taken within 72 hours; or a negative COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test conducted within 24 hours; OR voluntarily show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (together with a valid photo ID for ages 18+). 
"At-home” COVID-19 tests are not accepted. Professionally administered tests only.

Masks are required at all times regardless of negative tests or vaccination status,
except when visiting the Museum Garden or while actively eating or drinking in The Restaurant or Great Hall

This policy is based on guidance and recommendations issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other authoritative or controlling government-issued health standards.

See all our detailed COVID-19 Protocols

If you are unable to visit us in person, please visit The Norton Channel for a wide range of virtual resources, activities, and programs that you can enjoy from home.

For the most up-to-date information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), click here. 

For a list of free vaccination sites, please click here.