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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to reopen June 6, health measures in place
MONTREAL -- Good news for people who love art, history, and air conditioning: the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will be reopening on June 6.
Museums were one of the non-essential services in Quebec forced to close back in March. As the province eases up its restrictions, they’ve been given the go-ahead to reopen, but with quite a few health measures in place.
For starters, only one exhibit will be open – Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives (until June 28).
In a press release on Friday, the MMFA describes the exhibit as “a cutting-edge approach marrying the arts and science to show a perspective never before seen on the lives of six individuals who lived along the Nile between 900 B.C.E. and 180 C.E.”
"Our scenario is to open little by little, space by space," MMFA director Nathalie Bondil told CTV News on Friday. "We'll see how our public and our employees behave (during the mummies exhibition), because it's a pilot project."
Along with a few other prominent Quebec museums, the MMFA sent a reopening guide to the Quebec government prior to being given the green light to start things up again.
"We were rather ahead of the process," Bondil said.
People who are tired of being cooped up at home can visit the museum safely, the MMFA says. In order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, visitors will have to book their tickets – which will be date and time stamped to control capacity – online. They can do so as of June 2.
The museum, in line with the Quebec government, is strongly recommending for people to wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance, and much like grocery stores in the past few weeks, the MMFA will guide traffic through arrows on the floor to ensure that visitors respect physical distancing guidelines.
Audio guides will be available, but only through the museum’s smartphone app. Common areas such as the restaurant and café will remain closed for the time being, and workshops, guided tours and other activities will not be available just yet.
Once the mummies exhibition wraps up, the MMFA will be offering the "Paris and Post Expressionist" exhibition, which Bondil said is one of the biggest private collections right now.
"It will be spectacular, full of colours, perfect for this post-pandemic period because it will be a feel good exhibition," she said. "Even if we are not allowed to travel abroad, I would say the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts gives the opportunity to travel thanks to art."