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7 iconic arts and cultural attractions in Detroit reopen for visitors today

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Posted at 4:56 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 06:44:20-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend?

Starting Friday morning, seven iconic arts and cultural destinations in Detroit are back open to visitors. But there are some new safety protocol to expect.

Everything from checking in to exploring exhibits will be a little different — enhanced cleaning, reduced hours and occupancy, and of course a required face mask. All these institutions have worked together since mid-April to come up with a safe way to welcome back visitors.

“It’s heartwarming to know how much people are looking forward to coming back to the museum," Elliott Broom, VP of Museum Operations at the DIA.

Along with the DIA, all of these attractions in Detroit’s cultural district will welcome back visitors Friday, July 10.

  • The Carr Center
  • The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Hellenic Museum of Arts
  • Michigan Science Center
  • The Scarab Club

They’ve been working with Detroit Midtown, Inc. on how to safely re-open, allowing people to enjoy the arts and learn about Detroit’s history — while stopping the spread of COVID-19.

For the DIA, the changes start at the door.

“It’s timed tickets only. We have a limited number of visitors per hour, being a 100 visitors per hour is what we can allow," said Broom.

For this weekend only, tickets are reserved for members and people who live in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Visitors will use a QR code for a touchless admission. From there, the museum is separated into 13 different zones.

“Once you enter into these zones, then it’s one way movement throughout most of the zones in the museum," Broom said.

While all exhibits are open — certain hands-on programming is still suspended.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History re-opens Friday morning at 9 a.m., and it'll also be using timed ticketing, and will have strict limits on capacity — as will the Detroit Historical Museum, which re-opens Friday at 10 a.m.

All attractions require visitors 3 and older to wear a face mask and suggest reserving tickets in advance.

This weekend is reserved for tri-county residents, but everyone is welcome back on July 15. Admission for the month July is free.

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