Utica, N.Y. - President and CEO of Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Anna D'Ambrosio, says the Museum will reopen to the general public on Tuesday, July 14th.
D'Ambrosio says every effort is being made to institute some changes to keep everyone safe, "We have been following all of the state guidelines. We're putting in plexi barriers, we'll have hand sanitizer stations, and we have created a directional flow through the museum, limiting our capacity. And for the visitors that we do have, they'll all kind of flow in one direction, one staircase up, one staircase down, flow through the galleries too."
Everyone must wear a mask inside the museum.
D'Ambrosio says the capacity will be 100 people at a time, well below the Governor's recommended 25% limitation, "25% would’ve been well over 500 people, probably 700 to 1,000 people."
She says the 100 guest self-imposed limit shouldn't be an issue, "What I have seen across the country with my colleagues and at other museums is that people are coming back, but coming back not in huge numbers all at once and everyone is taking their time."
D'Ambrosio says this announcement is truly a breath of fresh air, "When we closed down on March 20th, I think, like many of us, we felt that maybe it’ll be a few weeks, maybe a month. None of us could’ve imagined it would be after the Fourth of July when we could finally welcome back visitors to the museum."
Before opening to the general public, the museum will be open to members only, on July 9 and 10th. It will then be open to essential workers and first responders on the July 11th and 12th.