New York City’s Museums and Cultural Institutions to Reopen

By Kurt Stolz on 14 August 2020
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Visitors at the Jewish Museum

Museums and other cultural institutions in New York City will be allowed to reopen – albeit with restrictions- on August 24, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced.

The news comes some five months after they were forced to shut down amidst the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Once open, they will be required to limit visitors to 25% of capacity and to use timed ticketing. In addition, face masks will be mandatory and institutions will put traffic flow guidelines into place.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, will reopen on August 29, it said in a statement on its website.  It said it will require face coverings and social distancing, plus visitors will be asked to use hand sanitizer.  It will offer light snacks and drinks in its café but the coat check will be closed.

The Museum of Modern Art had not issued a statement indicating an opening date as of press time.

The Whitney Museum of American Art plans to reopen on September 3, with previews for members starting August 27.  The Museum of the City of New York will also open on September 3.

Meanwhile, the American Museum of Natural History said it is “preparing to reopen” but did not specify a date.

Finally, the Museum of Sex said it would reopen shortly with “hospital-feade clean air and surfaces.”

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