After weeks of being closed, the Joslyn Art Museum officially opened back up to the public on Aug 7.

In order to allow visitors to continue to enjoy the various pieces of art the museum has to offer, it has decided to establish a “modified museum experience” in order to adhere to city, state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19.

This modified museum experience has included new hours of operation, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols, timed ticket reservations, new virtual events and closing off exhibits that are unable to accommodate proper social distancing practices.

The museum is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of the first hour of operation being reserved for high-risk visitors.

At this time, the museum asks that all visitors wear a mask, abide by safe social distancing practices, and only visit when they are feeling well and symptom-free.

At the doors, each visitor will get their virtual or printed ticket reservation scanned before being granted entry to the museum.

“I was impressed by the procedures and policies they had laid out to keep everyone who visits safe and healthy,” said Erica Benson, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. “It is always very attractive to me when a business or organization takes precautions seriously because it makes the whole experience of being there much more comfortable.”

The only parts of the museum that do not require visitors to make ticket reservations are the Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden and the Discovery Garden, which remain open outdoors from 7am to 11pm daily, all year long.

“I always enjoy walking through the gardens at the Joslyn,” said Isaiah Spruth-Janssen, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the museum.”

Currently, indoor public programs, in-person art classes, group tours and access to the Hitchcock Museum shop and Café Durham are on hold until further notice.

Because of current restrictions, the museum has only opened its permanent collections with many exhibitions and feature works waiting to be presented, such as “Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives,” “Wendy Red Star,” and “American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939.”

“It’s unfortunate that some of the exhibits have been closed, but I am glad that so many other parts of the museum are still open for viewing,” said Alex Klingman, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The museum has experienced a large drop in its number of visitors, but it’s encouraging people to check out what is new. People can support the museum in any way they can from leaving a donation to attending a free virtual event.

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