New York City is known for its museums. The city has a museum for practically anything you can think of wanting to see.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many museums have had to shut their doors: leaving New Yorkers missing the informative and leisurely aspect of being able to visit one.
As New York moved to phase 4 of reopening (the last phase) late July, Governor Cu0mo stated that “We’re not going to have any indoor activity in malls or cultural institutions, we’ll continue to monitor that situation, and when the facts change, we will let you know.” The statement includes museums, with the Governor warning of a possible second wave of COVID-19 if indoor activities are rash.
However, some museums have released their dates of reopening, giving hope to art-lovers across the city.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The fifth avenue icon has announced it plans to reopen August 29th, five days a week: Thursdays to Mondays. The government has to approve. The announcement cites, “The Museum has been closed since March 13, 2020, and had previously not been closed for more than three days in over a century.” The medieval Met Cloisters uptown will be opening in September.
American Museum of Natural History
Across town, the American Museum of Natural History will be opening September 9th (after approval from state and local government)! Visitors will have to purchase tickets in advance online, picking visiting times.
The Frick Collection
The museum is planning “its first major renovation in eighty-five years” and will be reopening at a new location early 2021.
New-York Historical Society
A free outdoor exhibition will open on August 14th. Indoor visiting will open on September 11th.
Museums such as MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum have yet to announce a planned reopening date.