The Metropolitan Museum of Art plans to reopen to the public sometime in August, museum officials announced earlier this week. In March, the museum closed all three of its locations, the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Breuer, and the Cloisters, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The reopening in mid-August, or “perhaps a few weeks later,” would follow New York State’s phased reopening plan.
“The Met has endured much in its 150 years, and today continues as a beacon of hope for the future,” Daniel Weiss, president of the Met, said in a statement. “This museum is also a profound reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to offer comfort, inspiration, and community.”
“As we endure these challenging and uncertain times, we are encouraged by looking forward to the day when we can once again welcome all to enjoy The Met’s collection and exhibitions,” Weiss added.
Like all city cultural institutions, when the Met reopens there will be major changes made to meet social distance guidelines. According to the museum, the days and hours the Met will be open to the public will be reduced and all tours, talks, and events will be canceled for the rest of the year.
The Met Gala was also officially canceled for 2020 on Tuesday, although the exhibition that was going to be the gala’s theme, About Time: Fashion and Duration, is still expected to open on October 29. Activities at the museum are expected to resume in 2021, along with a delayed celebration of its 150th anniversary.
At the beginning of the health crisis, Met officials estimated a total shortfall of close to $100 million; that loss in revenue was projected based on a July reopening. As Gothamist reported, the museum has laid off 81 staff members so far.
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