The Morgan Library Announces Reopening Following COVID-19 Closure
New York – The Morgan Library & Museum is delighted to announce its public reopening beginning with a free opening weekend September 5and6, 2020 and advanced access for members September 2to 4, 2020. Advanced registration for the Member Preview will be available starting Friday, August 21st, 2020. All other tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 26th, 2020.Opening hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30am to 5pm with 10:30am to 11:30am on Wednesdays and Saturdays reserved for Members. The Morgan’s popular “Free Fridays” program will continue from 3pm to 5pm every Friday afternoon.
Colin B. Bailey, Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, stated, “The Morgan Library & Museum is so pleased to reopen its doors to the resilient citizens of New York City and beyond. These past few months have encouraged us to look deep into our collections and programs, and have reaffirmed the value of art and literature as windows into our best selves and our shared humanity. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to engage with our collections of literature, music, photography, drawing, and more. We are confident that with vigilance, respect, and awareness of the new protocols for navigating the Morgan, we can continue to offer meaningful and uplifting experiences for all who visit as we continue to chart our way during these unprecedented times.”
The Morgan will reopen with rigorous new procedures in place that put the health of its visitors and staff first and that meet all relevant governmental health regulations. Safety measures include:
•Visitor capacity has been reduced to 25%
•Advanced timed ticket purchase or reservations are required
•Increased cleaning and disinfection
•A requirement that face coverings extending over a visitor’s nose and mouth must be worn at all times
•Social distancing will be upheld through signage, visitor paths, and staff training;
•Coat and bag check will be closed
•Hand sanitizer stations will be available for use throughout the campus
•All employees will undergo daily wellness checks
Flexible ticket rescheduling and rebooking as well as augmented online resources regarding exhibitions and collections will ensure that the measures taken to protect the well-being of staff and visitors are paired with a welcoming return to the galleries.
Museumgoers will have the opportunity to take a last look at Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect (closing September 13), The Book of Ruth: Medieval to Modern (closing October 4), and The Drawings of Al Taylor (closing September 13).
During the COVID-19 closure, the Morgan launched new online initiatives, talks, and programs, which will continue after the Morgan reopens its physical campus. The Morgan Connected, the Morgan’s online portal to its digital offerings, is updated weekly and provides details on the latest digital experiences developed for the Museums’ community, including virtual events, exhibitions, videos, collection items, digital facsimiles, blog posts, and more. To reserve tickets, learn more about what will be on view and online, understand which amenities are available and read more about our safety protocols, visitors are encouraged to visit www.themorgan.org.