There are tons of great museums you can visit this summer, but the Museum of Modern Art in New York City isn’t one of them. The museum just announced that starting June 15, 2019 it will be closing its doors for renovation and reorganization of its galleries, and will not reopen until October 21, 2019. The renovations coincide with the museum moving into a new, 40,000-square-foot expansion space next door, as well as with the last phase of its $400 million overhaul.
When the museum does reopen in October, the art will be displayed differently, with mixed media throughout, and the focus shifted to give space to overlooked artists and works by women and ethnic minorities, which were previously ignored. The renovations will also allow the museum to provide a venue for live programming and performances, and will feature free street-level galleries on the expanded ground floor to open up the world of contemporary art to everyone in New York City.
According to The New York Times, upon reopening in October, the MoMA’s hours of operation will have changed. The museum will open earlier, at 10:00 AM and close at 9:00 PM on the first Thursday of every month.