(WXYZ) — Museums and arts and cultural organizations in Detroit are planning to collectively re-open on July 10.
The Carr Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Hellenic Museum of Michigan, Michigan Science Center and The Scarab Club have been collaborating since late April to create a plan to re-open under the guidance of Midtown Detroit, Inc. and the National Sanitation Foundation International.
Other arts and cultural institutions including the Detroit Public Library, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will have different re-opening dates but still participated in the process.
“We know that the long-term health and safety of our cultural institutions is currently tied to ensuring the health and safety of all visitors and staff,” says Susan Mosey, Executive Director of Midtown Detroit, Inc. “We engaged NSF to help us create a safety culture and protocols for managing the risks associated with a communicable disease while helping institutions deliver their core missions.”
Visitors can expect:
· Expanded cleaning and disinfection of public spaces and work areas.
· Frequent handwashing is encouraged and abundant hand-sanitation dispensers will be made available throughout the institutions.
· To be required to wear masks inside each building (guests aged 3 years and older).
· Cashless and touchless transactions will be made available wherever possible.
· Changed entry procedures and door-access points at some of the institutions.
· Limited hours and reduced occupancy loads at some of the institutions to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.
· New wayfinding around the buildings and guidelines for physical distancing to safely navigate the institutions.
Visitors are also encouraged to check in with all institutional websites for the most up-to-date information while making plans to visit the Cultural Center.
“The support and collaboration of our partners throughout the cultural district has made manageable the difficult task of reimagining the museum experience for our visitors,” said Elana Rugh, President and CEO of the Detroit Historical Society. “We are so grateful for the support from Midtown Detroit, Inc. and NSF. Because of their partnership, we are confident that we will be able to provide visitors with an exceptional experience that is both safe and engaging. Our entire staff is looking forward to welcoming everyone back to our museums.”
MDI is in conversation with the foundation community to help support added and unexpected budget issues attributed to the pandemic.
“We look forward to welcoming our members and the public back to the district,” said Neil Barclay, President and CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “Given the effect that COVID-19 has had on the African American community, The Wright enthusiastically joined with my colleagues to construct a comprehensive plan that would keep our stakeholders and patrons feeling comfortable and safe as they reentered our facilities. Even though the world looks very different from when we shut our doors in March, the roles our institutions play in Detroit and the larger community have not changed and are needed now more than ever. Whether it is offering respite, encouraging creativity, or being a place to gather for shared experiences, the Cultural Center of Detroit is committed to putting our patrons’ health and safety first.”
Individually, the institutions are rolling out a variety of plans including special membership opportunities, timed ticketing, and virtual programming, etc., as part of the re-opening schedule. Below please find a table to show each institution’s hours of operations.
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