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 

CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Palm Beach County: HIGH

Current Health and Safety Policies:


The CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level for Palm Beach County is currently High. In response to this, the following general policies are in effect at the Norton: 

  • Masks are mandatory indoors throughout the Museum campus (ages 2+), regardless of negative tests or vaccination status, except while eating or drinking. Masks are provided upon request. 

  • Temperature taking is required upon entering the Museum. Visitors with a temperature of 100.4 F or above will not be admitted. 

  • Capacities will be limited for the Museum and in certain indoor event spaces. Guests are encouraged to reserve admission online in advance.

  • Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing, maintaining 6 feet of space from others. 

  • For the safety of all visitors and the Museum’s staff and volunteers, the Norton encourages visitors to get vaccinated and boosted in accordance with CDC guidance, though this is not required for admission. 

Please note that the Norton’s COVID-19 policies remain subject to change as circumstances evolve. Visit for the most up-to-date information. 

The Museum will continue to conduct heightened cleaning and sanitation and will continue to provide mask to visitors who request them.

These policies are informed by guidance and recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other authoritative or controlling government-issued health standards 

For the most up-to-date information from the CDC, click here. 

View daily updates on the CDC's COVID Data Tracker here.

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

Know before you go! 

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority for the Norton Museum of Art.