MINNEAPOLIS—July 9, 2020—The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) will reopen to the public Thursday, July 16. To protect the health and well-being of visitors and staff and to contain the spread of Covid-19, the museum has implemented new safety measures and policies in accordance with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.
In addition, Mia has updated its exhibition calendar, extending “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration” through August 23; the special exhibition explores how contemporary artists are responding to the migration, immigration, and forced displacement of people today.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our galleries and public spaces,” said Katie Luber, Mia’s Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President. “We have spent the past few months establishing a protocol to ensure everyone who walks through our doors feels comfortable and safe. The museum experience may be a little different now, but this is still the Mia our visitors have come to know and love.” Mia has been closed since March 13.
Visitors can expect the following changes:
- Museum hours are now Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Special hours for older people, pregnant women, and anyone who identifies as immunocompromised are Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to noon.
- While general admission to Mia is always free, tickets must be reserved in advance to maintain social distancing and a maximum capacity, at publication date, of 250 visitors. Complimentary tickets, available today, can be reserved here. Special exhibitions continue to be ticketed; tickets may be purchased here.
- A single entrance and exit on Third Avenue serves visitors and staff. The seasonal entrance at 24th Street and the Target Wing entrance are closed.
- Masks are required for all individuals older than age 2 who are able to medically tolerate a face covering, per protocols endorsed by the city of Minneapolis.
- Visitors are required to maintain a six-foot social distance in galleries and public spaces.
- Visitors may move as they please throughout larger galleries; in smaller spaces and narrow corridors, one-way flow and floor graphics will direct visitor circulation.
- Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building. Mia has also doubled its daily janitorial staff, and high-touch areas will be cleaned multiple times a day.
- The Agra Culture coffee shop is open. Socially distanced tables are available in the lobby.
- The coat check is closed, so visitors should plan to carry belongings or leave them in cars.
- The Store at Mia now allows 20 visitors at a time. Merchandise is spaced to encourage social distancing, and touchless payment options are available. In addition, Mia continues to offer private shopping appointments, as well as curbside pickup for online purchases.
- During the first two weeks of reopening, Mia staff will ask guests to complete an optional survey on their museum experience to finetune procedures for future visits.