After months of lockdown, New York City’s museums will finally begin to reopen this week. While some of NYC's cultural institutions have announced September reopenings, others, including the two biggest art institutions in the city, are ready to welcome guests with new exhibitions on display. Here’s a look at what’s on view.
Museum of Modern Art
Reopening on Thursday, August 27, the recently renovated MoMA is welcoming back patrons with a limited offer. Museum admission, normally $25 for one adult ticket, will be free until September 27. Visitors must reserve a timed entry slot online, but as a result, this may be the cheapest and least crowded the museum will ever be. It’s also a good chance to check out two blockbuster exhibitions on display, one featuring the minimalist art of Donald Judd and another showcasing Dorothea Lange’s iconic photographs.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Western Hemisphere’s largest museum is reopening on Saturday, August 29, with member previews taking place on the 27th and 28th. A 150-year-anniversary exhibition, “Making The Met: 1870-2020,” will coincide with the reopening, and Yoko Ono has produced a special work, Dream Together, which is hanging on the museum’s Fifth Avenue facade. The Met will be open Thursday and Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fotografiska New York
This branch of the Stockholm-based photography exhibition center opened last year in the historic 281 Park Avenue South building in the Flatiron District. If you’re considering a visit when Fotografiska reopens on Friday, August 28, you can expect to see Martin Schoeller’s powerful portraits of death-row exonerees as well as other thought-provoking photos on display. Admission costs $24 for adults and $14 for seniors, students and military, both active-duty and veterans.
You’ll find more than shoe phones and microfilm at this high-tech establishment dedicated to the art of espionage. Learn about teens hacking the CIA, journalists uncovering foreign slave-labor operations, and maybe even a gadget or two. Spyscape is open Friday to Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
Museum of Ice Cream
If you’re expecting to actually learn about the history of everyone’s favorite frozen treat here, think again. This kid-friendly “museum,” reopening Saturday, August 29, is mostly an ice cream-themed playground/selfie spot, though they do actually serve real ice cream in the café. Tickets are available online only and cost $39 for adults. Children under two get in free.