The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is set to reopen, five months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close.
The museum, located on the University of Utah campus, has scheduled its reopening for Wednesday, August 26, museum officials said.
Hours of operation will be reduced from Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Special hours for the elderly and visitors at high risk of being ill with COVID-19 will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on these days.
UMFA members, docents and volunteers, as well as essential healthcare workers, can attend an early opening of the museum, Wednesday through Friday, August 19-21. Entrance is free on these days.
The capacity will be limited to 100 visitors at a time and no group may exceed 10 people. Visitors are strongly encouraged to book their tickets in advance through the museum’s website, umfa.utah.edu/visit.
All visitors and staff must wear face masks and maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and other visitors. And if you’re sick, stay home. (This applies to staff and visitors.)
Museum staff reduced points of contact and improved cleaning. The museum’s HVAC system has been verified by experts at university facilities and exceeds guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Group visits and classroom visits are suspended for the foreseeable future. Instead, UMFA offers tours and digital resources, as well as distance learning opportunities. All museum events and programs are online only until further notice.
The Museum Shop will be open during the new museum hours. The Museum Café will be open Monday through Friday for beverage service only.
UMFA is extending the duration of two exhibitions that were held when the museum closed in March: “Beyond the Divide: Merchant, Artist, Samurai in Edo Japan,” an exhibition from the museum’s Japanese art collection; and “Utah Women Working for Better Days! », A celebration of voting rights scheduled for the centenary of the 19th Amendment, which had only been opened a week before closing.
Works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Moran, Alma Thomas and Diego Rivera, which have been loaned to UMFA, remain on view.
UMFA’s announcement follows the reopening of another University of Utah must-see: the Natural History Museum of Utah, which should reopen Saturday August 15.