New York City’s museums have been closed for months amid a lockdown designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now, museums are finally allowed to reopen on August 24. As NYC enters Phase Four, museums, as well as other low-risk indoor cultural venues, will be allowed to open, though restrictions and safety measures will still be in place.
Museums and cultural institutions can open in NYC starting on August 24.
25% occupancy. Timed ticketing required. Pre-set staggered entry.
Face coverings enforced and controlled traffic flow.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 14, 2020
Not all museums will be opening on the 24th, and those that do will have new protocols designed to mitigate the virus’ spread. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, won’t reopen to members until the 27th and to all visitors until the 29th. When it does, visitors must stay six feet apart, wear masks, and undergo temperature screenings.
The Museum of Modern Art will also reopen on August 27 at limited capacity. Advance, timed tickets must be purchased online starting on August 21, and guests with a temperature over 100 degrees won’t be allowed to enter. The American Museum of Natural History is reopening on September 2 for members and September 9 for the general public, with some new health and safety measures.
Some museums, like the Guggenheim and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum have not yet announced their official reopening date.
Although some of NYC’s most notable museums are still waiting to reopen, Phase Four is good news for anyone who’s been starved for a little culture during the long months of lockdown.