The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced an official reopening date at the end of August.
In May, the museum announced that its three locations — The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters — could open "in mid-August or perhaps a few weeks later," depending on New York City's phased reopening.
On Wednesday, the museum confirmed that it is planning an August 29 opening for its Fifth Avenue location. There has been no word yet about the Cloisters reopening.
"The safety of our staff and visitors remains our greatest concern," its president and CEO, Daniel H. Weiss, said in a statement. "We are eagerly awaiting our reopening as, 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."
When it reopens, at first, the days and hours it'll be open will be reduced "given the need to provide an environment that respects social distance requirements" and the museum won't have tours, talks, concerts or any other events through the end of 2020.
It will debut its signature exhibition celebrating its 150 anniversary, called "Making The Met, 1870-2020," and its Roof Garden Commission by Héctor Zamora, "Lattice Detour," as well as The Costume Institute’s "About Time: Fashion and Duration," which the Met Gala was going to be based upon.
It will also have a belated 150th birthday celebration.
The Met shut down on March 13 and laid off more than 80 employees. It may face a staggering $150 million shortfall as well, according to the New York Post. The museum announced that it will be closing the Met Breuer in July for good. The Met’s showcase for Modern and Contemporary Art is being vacated for a new tenant, The Frick Collection, which is taking over the place while its Upper East Side home undergoes a major expansion.
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