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Here’s when Boston’s museums and cultural institutions are reopening

Find out when you can visit these beloved local attractions.

Written by
Eric Grossman

Boston is coming back strong after a challenging few months. The first step of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan began on July 6. (Boston waited until July 13 to kick off its Phase 3.) As part of Phase 3, museums and certain attractions have been allowed to open under certain restrictions. (Learn more about Phase 3 here.)

Indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet, with a maximum of 25 people in a single enclosed space. Venues like museums and movie theaters cannot admit more than 40 percent of the venue’s capacity. Visitors can expect to encounter social distancing signs, hand sanitizing stations, and masks requirements.

But when exactly did these cultural institutions reopen? Here's the latest info:

Boston Children’s Museum: The BCM welcomed back the public beginning July 22.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum: July 17
Harvard Art Museums: The Harvard Art Museums will remain closed through the end of 2020.
Institute of Contemporary Art: July 16
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: July 15
JFK Presidential Library and Museum: The JFK Library will remain closed through the end of 2020.
New England Aquarium: July 16
Museum of Fine Arts: The MFA is reopening to the public on Sept 26
Museum of Science: July 26
Peabody Essex Museum: July 18

Keep an eye on Time Out Boston for all the latest news and updates as the city continues to open back up.

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