Smith College, Northampton MA

Smith College Museum of Art Free Second Friday

Second Friday 4–8 pm

4–6 pm Hands-on!

Painted Glass: Let the light shine through even on the darkest days of winter. Make a not-so-fragile “stained glass” artwork inspired by the Edward Burne-Jones/Morris & Co window on the 3rd floor.


6 pm Open Eyes
Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month

Museum Shop open 11 AM–8 PM
Light Refreshments

Admission to the museum: $5 Adults $4 Seniors (65+) FREE: College students, Five College employees & families, Youth (18 and under), SCMA members

Volunteer at the Botanic Garden of Smith College

Each year, over 1300 schoolchildren tour through the greenhouses at the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. They learn about different climates and geographic regions, different plant adaptations to those climates, and about why plants are so important to human life. They see living examples of important economic plants that provide us with oxygen, food, medicines, building materials, and much more.

The Botanic Garden of Smith College was founded over one hundred years ago by L. Clarke Seelye, the College’s first president, who expressed his hope that the whole campus could be developed as a botanic garden so that it might be of scientific as well as aesthetic value. Today the Botanic Garden serves as a living museum of plants native to New England and areas all around the globe. Our goals are education, research, display, and conservation. The Garden includes thousands of plants, including those grown under glass in the Lyman Conservatory and outdoors in the campus arboretum and various specialty gardens around campus. The mission of the Botanic Garden of Smith College is to foster education about the science, beauty, and importance of the plant kingdom through the use of outdoor and conservatory plant collections, gardens, displays, and exhibitions, and to preserve and maintain the historic Olmsted campus landscape.

However, it is though community volunteers that this wonderful collection of plants from around the world comes alive for the local students who come on field trips. Trained volunteers provide tours for K-12 classes, often working with teachers to connect the tours with what the students are learning in the classroom.

Each January, the Botanic Garden offers an intensive three-day training program to those interested in volunteering. In addition to leading tours, volunteers also staff the reception desk on weekends and during the Spring Bulb Show, help with developing thematic tours, assist with exhibitions, and providing hospitality for special events. (Please note: volunteers are not involved in any hands-on horticulture work.)

The next training session takes place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, January 17, 18, and 19, 2018, 9 am – 4:00 pm. Preregistration is required. These sessions will be followed by additional monthly meetings and training tours. The training includes a history of the Botanic Garden; tours of conservatories; some basic botany and horticulture; commercial, medicinal and food plants of the Lyman Plant House; and how to guide visitors and school groups. In exchange for the training, volunteers are required to volunteer at the Botanic Garden for at least one full year and attend monthly meetings.

Pre-registration is required for the training — you must fill out a volunteer application.

Anyone interested in volunteering may apply online: or request an application by phone (413) 585-2742.

Smith College

122 Green St., Northampton MA



Smith College Museum of Art

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sundays 12-4 PM; Closed Mondays.

Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton MA

The Museum includes four floors of exhibition galleries that house the permanent collection; the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; and changing exhibitions that regularly include a family-friendly resource area. Featured amenities include the Museum Shop, artist-designed restrooms, and hand-crafted gallery benches.


There is no parking area specifically for the Museum. Smith College Campus Map

Free Parking

  • Weekdays before 5pm
    • Blue visitor spaces in the Smith College parking garage are available (limited number). The Parking Garage is located on West Street, next to Garrison Hall.
    • Visitors may park on city streets further from the Museum.
  • Weekends and evenings
    • Guests to the Museum may park in any white-lined space in Smith College parking lots. The closest College parking lots are located off Bedford Terrace.
    • On Sundays, metered spots on city streets are also free.

Paid Parking

  • Metered spots on Elm Street are the closest parking option, and cars can park there for up to 10 hours at 50 cents per hour. Parking meters are enforced from 8am to 6pm Monday–Saturday.
  • The Northampton parking garage is located behind Thorne’s Marketplace downtown.

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