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Milwaukee Art Museum expects to begin a phased reopening in summer.

Milwaukee Art Museum announces reopening procedures

The Milwaukee Art Museum, which closed on March 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak, says it will begin a phased reopening this summer, but has not yet announced a specific opening date.

Staffers deemed necessary to be on-site will begin returning to the museum in mid-June, while most employees will continue to work from home.

MAM assembled an internal team to explore what a reopening of the institution would look like. It has been monitoring guidelines and recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the City of Milwaukee, the Centers for Disease Control, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Metro Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce and other.

Via what it calls its "Safer with Art" plan, MAM will use robust cleaning procedures, hand sanitizing stations at entrance points and in the galleries, and a face mask requirement for all staff and visitors.

There will also be a dedicated pathway through the Collection Galleries on the main level to promote and encourage social distancing, along with a new digital timed-ticketing system to help create a touchless experience.

The museum's MERV15 air filtration system is considered hospital grade, the museum says.

Priority hours will be reserved for first responders and vulnerable community members.

Admission during the initial reopening phase will be free for a month, thanks to The Krei Family in Memory of Melinda.

"Our staff and board have been working diligently behind the scenes to plan for our reopening in a very measured and thoughtful way. The Museum is a complex organization that requires a carefully orchestrated, phased reopening to ensure everyone's safety," said Marcelle Polednik, PhD, Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

"We look forward to seeing our visitors and staff return, and to providing our community with the opportunity to stand again before the art, to find inspiration and moments of peace."

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