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After a nearly three-month closure due to the government’s statewide “shelter-in-place” order, the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) is thrilled to announce it will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 16. The museum is also announcing new hours and several new safety protocols in place.
“Utilizing social media and digital outreach, our focus throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to act as an oasis of art, culture and conversations for our audiences here and throughout the country during a very difficult time,” said Director Halona Norton-Westbrook. “As the community embarks down a path to recovery and new norms, we are truly excited to welcome everyone back to reconnect with the art that we’ve all missed, and surround ourselves in the uplifting and healing environment that our museum represents.”
Upon reopening, the museum will adjust its days of operation to Thursdays through Sundays and introduce new evening hours. This new schedule will allow the museum to ease back into full operations and allow for maximum accessibility for the community. HoMA will have evening hours on the weekends for the first time since 1972, when it became the first museum in Hawaii to do so.
The museum’s new hours are:
The HoMA Café will be open and observing safe social distancing with grab-and-go menu items, as well as drinks and refreshments. “The idea is that you can gather safely and enjoy an evening beverage under the stars in our courtyards,” said Food and Beverage Director Josh Hancock. “We’ll have options for keiki and adults, so that the whole family can enjoy the unique and cool experience of being in the art museum at night.”
One of the most exciting aspects of HoMA’s reopening is the extension of 30 Americans, which will remain on view through Sept. 6. The highly acclaimed national traveling exhibition features works by 30 contemporary artists connected through their African American cultural history, and was well-received prior to the museum’s abrupt closure in March.
Like all other public venues here and around the world that are prioritizing the health and safety of their crowds and audiences, HoMA is adhering to local, state and federal guidance limiting group gatherings and social distancing. The museum will also introduce timed-entrance, contactless payment options, one-way gallery paths to regulate flow of visitors, and the requirement that masks be worn at all times. Enhanced daily cleaning of high traffic areas will be implemented with an emphasis on counter tops, doors, elevator buttons and other frequently touched areas.
For more information: Honolulumuseum.org, or Facebook and Instagram: @honolulumuseum