Main museums in Worcester reopen after coronavirus shutdown


WORCESTER, MA – Two major museums in Worcester reopen this week for the first time in months after closings during the first wave of the coronavirus last spring.

The Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester Historical Museum are taking various safety measures for guests, as Worcester remains on the list of ‘high-risk’ communities for the spread of the coronavirus – and as health officials try to avoid a “Twindemia” this winter in the form of influenza the season enters the mix.

The Worcester Historical Museum reopened on September 26 with limited hours and by appointment only. The Worcester Art Museum will reopen to members on Thursday and then to the general public on October 7.

The EcoTarium was the first major local museum to reopen to the public in August. But the natural history center closed its doors on September 4 due to financial difficulties.

Guests of the Worcester Art Museum should adhere to standard safety guidelines such as wearing masks and social distancing. The museum also institutes one-way traffic through much of the building from the entrance to Salisbury Street. There will also be capacity limits for each gallery, spokeswoman Julieane Frost said on Wednesday. Customers will need to purchase a ticket in advance before visiting the museum.

Some usual features will not be available, such as coffee and guided tours. The museum shop will be open by appointment only.

The Worcester Historical Museum is now only open three days a week for four hours. The adjacent Salisbury mansion will remain closed.

“As many may still be reluctant to resume activities once ‘normal’, we will continue to provide you with online content for your enjoyment,” the Worcester Historical Museum wrote of the reopening.

Massachusetts museums were allowed to reopen when the state entered phase three of the reopening plan in July. MASS The North Adams MoCA and the National Gallery are both open, also with advance ticket requirements.

Governor Charlie Baker said on Tuesday he would allow some communities to move to part two of phase three of the state’s reopening plan. This will include the reopening of performance halls, dressing rooms and arcades. Museums and gymnasiums will be allowed to increase their capacity.

Worcester will not be allowed to proceed to Part Two due to the high risk status. City officials also announced that restaurants would not be allowed to increase capacity due to the level of risk. Baker on Monday authorized an increase in seating at restaurants across the state.

Meanwhile, the rolling average rate of seven-day positive COVID-19 tests statewide fell to 1% on Tuesday, and the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units is at an all-time high. high level since July 4.

If you visit …

Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 p.m. Thursday)
Tickets must be purchased in advance

Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm Street
Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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