Metropolitan Museum to reopen in August with reduced hours

Metropolitan Museum to reopen in August with reduced hours

The Metropolitan Museum of Art confirmed plans to reopen its Fifth Avenue site to visitors Aug. 29, ending the institution’s closure since March 13.

In an announcement Wednesday, the museum revealed plans to reduce visiting times to five days a week, with opening and closing hours varying. The Met Cloisters are slated to reopen in September, though the museum did not list an exact date.

“We are eager to reopen and expect this will be possible next month,” Daniel H. Weiss, president and CEO of the Met, said in a statement. “Perhaps now more than ever the Museum can serve as a reminder of the power of the human spirit and the capacity of art to bring comfort, inspire resilience, and help us better understand each other and the world around us.”

With extra safety precautions put into place, the museum will limit the number of visitors to 25% of the building’s maximum capacity. All patrons and staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times, with social distancing measured put into place. Navigating the galleries will also be aided by new signing throughout the building.

“Opening The Met’s doors is an important signal for New York and for all of us,” Max Hollein, director of the Met, said in the announcement. “We have never been forced to close for longer than three days — much less five months.”

The opening of the museum will be marked with three new exhibitions: “Making The Met, 1870–2020,” “The Roof Garden Commission: Héctor Zamora, ‘Lattice Detour‘” and “Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle.” The Met’s virtual offerings, presented while the institution was shuttered, will remain active.

The move comes on the heels of other institutions, such as the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library and the New York Botanical Garden, announcing reopening dates in step with the city.

Though the full financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic remains to be seen, the Met announced in April that it was bracing for a $150 million loss in revenues, resulting in institution slashing staff and cutting the pay of top executives.