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Here’s when your favorite NYC museums are reopening

New York City museums are finally announcing when they'll open their doors to the public.

By Shaye Weaver

New York City's museums are a big part of its identity—and after five months of waiting, they are reopening.

In July, Governor Andrew Cuomo said indoor activities would not be allowed to restart under Phase 4 like the plan had originally called for, but as of mid-August, he changed his tune, allowing museums and other low-impact indoor activities to resume as of August 23.

Museums can only open if they follow the state's required guidelines, which includes reducing capacity by at least 25 percent, doing temperature checks of its employees and visitors and turning away anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, putting up signs to encourage social distancing, and doing timed entry in order to reduce crowding.

We're rounding up the most recently announced museum opening dates here, so you can start planning your first time out to a museum. Make sure to keep checking back for more.

And as always, be careful—wear a mask and keep your distance.

The Noguchi Museum

4 out of 5 stars
Museums Art and design Astoria

Opening: September 23

What's on: "The Sculptor and the Ashtray," "Composition for Idlewild Airport," and "Noguchi: Body-Space Devices."

Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 10am–1pm, 2–5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am–2pm, 3–6pm.

Tickets: Admission will be done on a timed schedule through advanced ticketing, and the museum will offer both a morning and afternoon session, closing for an hour mid-day for a thorough cleaning of all spaces.

Special protocols: The Cafe will be closed, but the shop will be relocated to a more spacious lower-level studio.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Photograph: Wendy Connett

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

5 out of 5 stars
Museums Military and maritime Hell's Kitchen

Opening: September 25

What's on: The vast majority of the 350,000 square foot Intrepid Museum will be available and accessible to visitors, including most exhibitions, the entire collection of aircraft on the flight and hangar decks, as well as the Space Shuttle Pavilion, which houses the space shuttle Enterprise. 

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The last available timed ticket is at 3:30pm, with all guests entering no later than 4pm

Tickets: Timed, advance reservation tickets are required. Cashless transactions are strongly encouraged.

Special protocols: Protective barriers have been added to the box office, Information Desk and other strategic locations for the safety of visitors and staff. Certain areas, exhibits and amenities of the Museum such as the interior of the Concorde, submarine Growler, Lutnick Theater, simulators, food service and the retail store will be temporarily unavailable.

Photograph: Courtesy International Center of Photography (ICP)

International Center of Photography Museum

5 out of 5 stars
Art Photography Lower East Side

Opening: October 1 

What's on: #ICPConcerned: From COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter to the California fires and demonstrations against authoritarian regimes, it presents 1,000 images of our time, wrapping around ICP’s largest gallery space.

COVID New York: 5 ICP photographers were commissioned to photograph here in New York for a month.

George Georgiou: Georgiou presents group portraits taken at street parades across the country.

Tyler Mitchell: Mitchell presents his first U.S. solo exhibition at ICP as a declaration of joy and presence, and an imagining of Black utopias.

Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 11am-7pm.

Tickets:  Timed tickets should be purchased online in advance.

Photograph: Courtesy The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum

5 out of 5 stars
Museums History Central Park

Opening: October 1 

What's on: We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, as well as Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone and Scenes from the Collection.

Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am – 4pm; and Thursday, 11am – 8pm.

The Shop will be open Monday, Friday, and Sunday, 11am – 4pm; and Thursday, 11am – 8pm. The Shop will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. 

Tickets: The public may reserve online tickets starting September 23. Tickets are free through December 31.

Special protocols: Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum will remain temporarily closed

Photograph: David Heald, © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2017

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

4 out of 5 stars
Museums Art and design Upper East Side

Opening: October 3

What's on: "Countryside, The Future," "The Fullness of Color: 1960s Painting," "Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction," sculptures by Constantin Brancusi and French masterpieces from the Guggenheim’s collection, including works by Degas, Gauguin, Picasso.

Hours: Currently closed, new hours to be announced.

Tickets: Reserve a ticket in advance of reopening, and the museum will donate a family pass to an essential worker.

The Shed
Photograph: Courtesy Timothy Schenck

The Shed

Art Arts centers Midtown West

Opening: October 16 

What's on: Howardena Pindell's Rope/Fire/Water that examines the violent, historical trauma of racism in America and the therapeutic power of artistic creation.

Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11am-6pm

Tickets: Timed tickets purchased online are required, but the museum will be offering free admission through October 31.

Special protocols: There's a new entrance to The Shed through The McCourt on the east side of the building, offering direct entry to galleries and an expansive area for contactless ticketing, health screening, and restrooms (near the 7 train station at 34 St/Hudson Yards).


The Cloisters

5 out of 5 stars
Museums Art and design Washington Heights

Opening: Now open

What's on: See the seven monumental Unicorn Tapestries and the famed Early Netherlandish masterpiece the Merode Altarpiece.

Inside the Medieval Treasury, the Prato Haggadah (on loan from The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary) is opened to a richly ornamented page appropriate both to Passover and Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival. In the same gallery, The Belles Heures of Jean de Berry and  The Cloisters Apocalypse 

Hours: 10am to 5pm through October (10am to 4:30pm November through February), and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tickets: Pay as-you-wish for NYC residents. Tickets should be secured online in advance in one-hour increments.


Photograph: Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York


5 out of 5 stars
Museums Art and design Long Island City

Opening: Now open

What's on: new commission by artist Rashid Johnson in the Museum’s outdoor courtyard, and the long-awaited opening of Marking Time, a major exhibition on art and mass incarceration curated by Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood.

Hours: Noon to 8pm, Thursday through Monday.

Tickets: Timed-entry admission tickets will be booked online, available beginning September 10, and remain free for all New York City residents.

Special protocols: A dedicated visitor entrance and exit will be established to improve visitor flow. Visitors will not be admitted with bags larger than 11 × 17 × 5 inches (28 × 43 × 13 cm). Mina’s restaurant will be open for window service during Museum hours Friday through Sunday, with a limited food and beverage menu. The Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore will be open during Museum hours Thursday through Sunday, observing capacity limits with a designated entrance and exit.

Photograph: Jonathan Muzikar, © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Museums Art and design Midtown West

After decades of promoting Picasso, Matisse, Pollock and other great white males, The Modern has dusted off works from women and artists of color that had been languishing in storage. Proclaiming a new woke MoMA, the museum has shifted to a multicultural reconsideration of 20th- and 21st-century art. But don't worry: You can still find works by fan favorites like Matisse. 

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