Visitor Guidelines

We welcome our students, staff, faculty, visitors and volunteers to the Archaeological Museum.  Please follow the Safety Guidelines listed below in order to preserve the ancient objects on view here for future generations, and to ensure that your visit is safe and enjoyable.

Safety Guidelines

Visitor safety, conduct and access:

  • Shirt and footwear are required for entry.
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Still and video photography for personal noncommercial use is allowed as long as your flash is turned off.  Tripods are not allowed unless prior permission has been obtained from the Archaeological Museum.  Photography for publication or commercial use carries a fee and requires the express permission of the Archaeological Museum.  Please see the “Images for Publication” section of our website for more information.
  • Many different groups—including classes and tours—may be in the museum at any one time. We therefore ask that you keep your voices low enough so that everyone may have the opportunity to hear their professors and/or guides.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible. See our visit page for information on parking and accessible ramps for entering the building.
  • Strollers are permitted in the museum spaces; however, please be aware that our spaces are limited in size.
  • Backpacks, large bags and coats, umbrellas or portfolios must be left inside the museum’s storage area during the visit. The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum is not responsible for anything left in the museum
  • Sketching is welcome in the museum with dry media (pencil and erasers only).  No crayons, pens, markers, or wet materials are permitted.
  • In case of emergency, please follow the instructions and procedures of museum staff and JHU Security.

Safety of museum artifacts:

  • Please do not touch or lean on the works of art, the museum cases or pedestals. Do not use the cases or pedestals as writing surfaces.
  • While we encourage close examination of objects during your visit or during teaching, please maintain adequate distance from them so as not to damage them by gesturing at them.  You may not point at works of art with any implements, including pencils or pens.
  • Please do not bring flashlights or laser pointers to examine works of art in the museum.  We can provide you with necessary tools for your class or tour if this request is made in advance.
  • We welcome you to open the museum’s study drawers and look at some of the hundreds of additional objects available there.  However, we ask that you open one drawer at a time and do so gently in order to minimize the impact on the fragile artifacts inside.

The following behavior is NOT permitted in the museum spaces:

  • Food and drinks are not permitted.  Please finish these outside the museum or upstairs in Gilman’s beautiful atrium.  Chewing gum is also not allowed.
  • Please use your cell phone outside the museum.
  • Smoking is prohibited inside the museum and Gilman Hall.
  • Running, yelling, abusive language or similarly disruptive behavior is not allowed.

Requests of Chaperones

  • Please be responsible for your group.  The museum staff relies on you to keep your group together while visiting the museum.
  • Encourage your students to learn. On tours, please engage with the guide and invite your students to respond and ask questions.
  • Model appropriate behavior. Please review the Museum Safety Guidelines with your group and demonstrate appropriate behavior.

 Photography Policy

  • The Archaeological Museum occasionally photographs visitors in the museum spaces for future promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be photographed, or have your child photographed, please notify the museum in writing at

 Safety of Visitors and Students Working with Museum Objects

  • Any work with museum objects must be under the direct supervision of museum staff or an appropriate faculty member.
  • You are required to read A Guide to Handling Anthropological Museum Collections (available in the museum) and take an object handling quiz prior to working with any objects.  An additional training with a museum staff member is also required.
  • Appropriate clothing and shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Objects must be handled with gloves at all times.
  • Additional instructions that are specific to certain museum objects or collections may be applicable.  You are required to abide by these instructions.