DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Institute of Arts announced it will reopen on Friday, July 10 after being closed for nearly four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the DIA, opening weekend will be dedicated to museum members and residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
The institute has changed its hours and enhanced safety protocols for the pandemic, and it along with several other Midtown Detroit museums collaborated with NSF International create new safety protocols.
“While we are looking forward to re-opening our doors, especially for our tri-county visitors, the health and well-being of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance,” said DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons. “The new operating hours and safety procedures we have put in place are aimed to ensure visitors feel comfortable and are able to enjoy their return to our galleries.”
The museum will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Upon reopening DIA visitors can expect the following:
- Expanded cleaning and disinfection of public spaces and work areas.
- Frequent handwashing is encouraged and hand-sanitation dispensers will be available throughout the museum.
- Visitors age 3 and older along with museum staff and contractors will be required to wear masks inside the museum.
- Cashless and touchless transactions will be made available wherever possible.
- Hours of operations have been reduced to allow for additional cleaning.
- Tickets will be timed to control attendance levels and can be reserved online in advance at www.dia.org or by calling 313-833-4005. A limited number of tickets will be available for each time slot.
- The Farnsworth door will be the designated museum entrance point. Entry will not be permitted through other doors.
- All visitors and staff will have their temperatures taken upon entry using a touchless thermal imaging camera.
- Kresge Court and Café DIA will remain closed at this time.
- Coat check and lockers are not available; small bags only are permitted.
- New wayfinding and markers will be in place to encourage social distancing of at least six feet and safe navigation of the museum.
- Field trips, group tours and all in-museum programing are discontinued until further notice.
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