As museums begin to reopen, they're rebooting the visitor experience
When museums open again, it won’t be the same.Picture this: Timed tickets. Touch-free doors. Ikea-like signs to direct foot traffic. No more docent-led group tours. And loads of hand sanitizer, of course.“We are working on creating as much of a touchless journey as possible,” said Eric Bruce, head of visitor experience for the Minneapolis Institute of Art, or Mia.Bruce and his counterparts are strategizing ways to welcome the public following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s order allowing museums, along with other recreational or seated entertainment venues, to reopen at 25% of capacity, with a limi...
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N.J. coronavirus updates: 9-state travel quarantine starts; Arcades, museums to reopen; Trump visit this weekend. What you need to know. (June 25, 2020)
The list of public places that will be allowed to reopen with restrictions next week expanded Wednesday when Gov. Phil Murphy said bowling alleys, libraries, indoor arcades and museums can all welcome guests as the spread of the coronavirus slows in New Jersey.Murphy also announced that people entering the New Jersey, New York or Connecticut from nine states where cases have spiked will be asked to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Tri-state residents returning home from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington are also expected to self...
N.J. reopening arcades, bowling alleys, aquariums and museums from coronavirus closures next week
New Jersey arcades, bowling alleys, museums, aquariums and other some other recreational activities can reopen to the public starting next week as the state continues to add permitted activities ahead of the July 4th weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.The entertainment options, which include shooting ranges and batting cages, can reopen Thursday, July 2 at 25% capacity, the same day amusement and water parks, along with Jersey Shore boardwalk rides may reopen.“As with other indoor activities, we must remain extra vigilant about this virus when we are indoors, especially,” Murphy sai...
One conflict, two museums: how the Korean War still divides the peninsula
Seoul (AFP) - In the capitals of the two Koreas, flagship museums offer radically different accounts of the same conflict -- the war launched to unify the peninsula but that now defines its division.In Pyongyang, a giant statue of a North Korean soldier holding aloft a flag stands in front of the museum to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War, as the conflict is known in the country.An enormous stone tablet stands nearby, engraved with the handwriting of the North's founder Kim Il Sung, grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un, proclaiming that his forces' "heroic achievements shall shine...
Egypt reopens 12 archaeological sites, museums
Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa al-Waziry announced that twelve archaeological sites and museums in Cairo, Giza, Luxor and Aswan are ready to reopen for tourism.He said that the council, headed by Antiquities Minister Khaled Al-Anany, has adopted preventive measures to allow these sites to receive visitors.The sites include the Pyramids of Giza, the Citadel, the Egyptian Museum, the Islamic and Coptic museums, the Luxor Museum, the temples of Karnak and Hatshepsut, and the Valley of Kings in east and west Luxor, Philae and Abu Simbel temples in Aswan, and th...
With coronavirus restrictions lifted, why is the Israel Museum closed?
Museum directors always have to make long-term plans, but Israel Museum director Prof. Ido Bruno currently finds himself in a situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic in which he can only guess at what the future holds – and when Israel’s flagship museum will be able to reopen.“We had to shut down very abruptly in March, like flicking a switch, and overnight we had to rethink our position in the world,” he said in a phone interview on Tuesday.While some smaller museums have been able to reopen a few of their galleries, Jerusalem’s Israel Museum has remained closed to visitors. But Bruno, w...
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Festival draws both bookworms, night owls
By ZHANG KUN | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-06-12 07:27Visitors read at Sinan Books in Shanghai at night. The bookstore opens for late-night readers between 8 pm and midnight every weekend in June. CHINA DAILYCulture and art are indispensable to the Shanghai Nightlife Festival, where over 40 museums and 30 bookshops are opening their doors to night owls from June 6 to 30.The Shanghai Museum has extended its operating hours for each Saturday of the month and organized a series of special events to offer visitors a different experience from the day.June 6 marked the first time this year the museu...
Europe's art treasures back on show as doors to museums open again
ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 2020-06-04 07:18People wearing face masks visit the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Museums as they reopened on June 1.[Photo/Agencies]AMSTERDAM－In the Netherlands, the intimate gaze of the Girl with the Pearl Earring can once again startle and entice visitors. Down in Spain, the rusty maze of steel sheets by Richard Serra is a wonderland anew for art lovers. And in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Creation of Adam can continue to amaze as it has done for centuries.As Europe slowly emerges from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed well over 150,000 acr...
National museums in Japan reopen after 3-month closure over virus
National museums in Tokyo and three other areas in Japan reopened Tuesday after three months of closure due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.The Tokyo National Museum resumed some exhibits as visitors booked tickets online in advance. The measure was put in place by the museum to limit the number of visitors and prevent the spread of the virus.Ritsuko Kurokawa, 70, one of the visitors who often came to the museum for special exhibitions before the pandemic, said, "I missed not being able to come here. I'm glad to be here today."The national museums in Kyoto and Nara prefectures, western Japan...
Quebec to reopen museums, libraries & movie theatres May 29
Quebec to reopen museums, libraries & movie theatres May 29. The reopening is being implemented graduallyQuebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy announces that museum institutions, public libraries and movie theatres will be able to be reopened to the public everywhere in Quebec as of May 29 next, thus allowing the resumption of certain cultural activities in these places.Note, however, that in public libraries, only book and document loan services will be available again. Access to departments and physical places remains prohibited, except for authorized personnel, until further notice. Visitors...
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