As Marvin Gaye and Tammie Terrell sang in their 1968 tune about missing the one you love, ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby. While virtual experiences have kept us connected to our favorite activities during the last few months, there's no substitute for visiting a beloved institution and beholding a masterpiece in real life. As Covid-19 restrictions ease, many countries have deemed it safe to reopen museums for in-person art appreciation. Germany, Italy, and several other nations gave the all-clear to art institutions last month, and France, along with several U.S. cities, will soon follow. Here are just a few of the major museums reopening in the coming weeks.
Musée du Louvre
The largest, most famous art museum in the world will reopen its doors on Monday, July 6, with plenty of new regulations designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Wearing a mask will be mandatory, and visitors will have to book a time slot before entering. If you happen to be in Paris, this may be your one and only chance to see the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace and other masterpieces without overwhelming crowds. Other major Parisian museums that have announced reopenings include the Musée d’Orsay (June 23), which focuses on 19th-century French art, and the Centre Pompidou (July 1), which exhibits modern and contemporary art.
St. Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, Missouri
Many St. Louis attractions offer free admission, and the city’s art museum, which reopens on Tuesday, June 16, is no exception. You can take in the permanent collections, which include works spanning the entire history of art from around the world, or, for an extra fee, enjoy the special exhibition “Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dali.” Capacity will be limited to 350 persons at a time, masks are required for all visitors aged nine and over, and social distancing is encouraged.
High Museum of Art
Atlanta’s major art museum contains works from around the world, including collections focused on European art and photography. But in this majority-Black city, the High’s collection of African and African-American art is particularly vast, and the vibrant folk and self-taught collection highlights African American artists such as Bill Traylor, Nellie Mae Rowe and Thornton Dial. The museum will reopen on Saturday, July 18 with pandemic safety measures in place.
Cleveland Museum of Art
This huge complex features extensive holdings of Asian, Egyptian and European art. Significant works from Picasso, J.M.W. Turner, Caravaggio and others are in the collection, as well as a copy of Rodin’s The Thinker that was damaged by a Weather Underground bomb. Face coverings, social distancing and other safety measures will be in place when the museum reopens on Tuesday, June 30. Admission is free.
Andy Warhol Museum
This museum dedicated to the pop art pioneer in his hometown of Pittsburgh will reopen on June 29, alongside the more traditional Carnegie Museum of Art. The museum features seven floors of Warhol art, from his famous silkscreen prints to his more experimental film and video work. Timed ticketing, limited capacity, extensive cleaning, and other social distancing measures will be put in place at both institutions.