To help curb the spread of the coronavirus, Cincinnati's museums — the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, Contemporary Arts Center, Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Taft Museum of Art — made the decision, together, to close their doors to the public in March.
"This was one of the most difficult decisions we have made in recent memory, knowing that in a time like this, museums will continue to be a powerful way to connect with our community and heal through difficult times," they say in a shared release.
In the meantime, they've been working to connect with patrons via social media and other digital exhibits and virtual outreach programs. But, looks like things will be moving in-person soon.
"Since our closure, we have been preparing for the day when we can again welcome guests back to our museums. With the state of Ohio’s management of COVID-19 cases and mitigation measures, we as museums are preparing to reopen and to do so in a way that continues to ensure the health and safety of our community," they say.
As Gov. Mike DeWine announced yesterday that museums can reopen June 10, these institutions will begin a phased reopening strategy starting mid-June, with each organization handling their own dates and hours. Specific protocols will be listed on each museum's website: cincinnatiartmuseum.org, cincymuseum.org, contemporaryartscenter.org, holocaustandhumanity.org, freedomcenter.org and taftmuseum.org.
Here are some basics:
Update: #CincyMuseum & @cincyhhc target July 17 reopening date. Crowd capacity, timed tickets and cleaning protocols in place for guest safety. Learn more here: https://t.co/0uZvYhFXh5. #UnionTerminal pic.twitter.com/XaSFLMdd2D— CincyMuseum (@CincyMuseum) June 5, 2020
After what will be a four-month closure, the Holocaust & Humanity Center and @CincyMuseum are planning to reopen on July 17.— The Holocaust & Humanity Center (@cincyhhc) June 5, 2020
Read our joint statement. We will have additional information in the coming weeks. https://t.co/dGVg2uuxSq pic.twitter.com/6v22FogXT8