Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closures and Update

MoMA Temporarily Closes Museums and Stores in New York

MoMA announced today that it will close The Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street, MoMA PS1 in Queens, and the MoMA Design Stores on 53rd Street and in Soho, effective immediately and through March 30. MoMA will continue to monitor developments with COVID-19 and regularly reassess this temporary closure.

Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art, said: “Nothing is more important to MoMA than the health and safety of our community. We take seriously our responsibility as a civic institution to serve the public good. With that in mind, as it is more and more challenging to predict the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have decided to temporarily close MoMA.”

MoMA has been prepared for this possibility for several weeks and made the decision in ongoing consultation with public health experts, city and state officials, peer institutions, and the Boards of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among MoMA employees. Plans are in place to continue to support employees and MoMA’s better than best practice cleaning and sanitization protocols.

MoMA plans to re-open at the first opportunity that ensures the health and safety of all visitors and employees.

All Events at Carnegie Hall from Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020 are Cancelled

All March events cancelled in effort to reduce spread of COVID-19

With the health and safety of its public, artists, and staff as its foremost priority, Carnegie Hall today announced that it will be closed for all public events and programming through the end of March, effective midnight tonight, in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

All events and programming at Carnegie Hall from Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020 have been cancelled. For a list of performances at Carnegie Hall that are affected, please see the attached list or click here. Carnegie Hall events on Thursday evening, March 12 will take place as scheduled.

Upcoming education programming presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute—whether taking place at Carnegie Hall or in off-site locations—is suspended through March 31. All free Carnegie Hall Citywide performances in venues throughout New York City are cancelled through March 31.

All other scheduled concerts and programming starting on April 1, 2020 and beyond remain on the schedule pending the reopening of Carnegie Hall. The general public is encouraged to check for the most up-to-date programming information.

Patrons who purchased tickets by credit card from Carnegie Hall for a performance that has been canceled will receive automatic refunds; those who purchased by cash at the Box Office may email a scan or photo of the tickets to, along with complete contact details (name, mailing address, and phone number), through June 30, 2020, for a refund. Those who purchased tickets directly from other concert presenters should contact that presenter for refund information.

Patrons who have any further questions should contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or email Please note that email and call volume may be high with limited in-house staff, and tickets may be refunded on a delayed schedule. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this evolving situation together.

Asian Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Announce Temporary Closure Effective March 14, 2020

The Asian Art Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), comprising the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) collaboratively announce a temporary closure to the public effective at 5 pm PST on Friday, March 13. With their united focus on the health and safety of their visitors and staff members, the museums made this decision to align with local and federal guidelines and social distancing recommendations for the containment of the coronavirus.

The Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA will tentatively reopen to the public on Saturday, March 28, 2020, and the FAMSF museums will reopen on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The museums will individually evaluate whether the closure timeframe needs to be extended.


The closure of the Asian Art Museum includes the museum, its café (Sunday at the Museum) and its store. More information can be found at


Both the de Young and the Legion of Honor, including museum cafes and stores, will be closed. Please find the most up-to-date information at


SFMOMA’s closure includes the museum, its restaurants (In Situ, Cafe 5 and Sightglass coffee bars), stores (museum and SFO store) and the Artists Gallery at Fort Mason. For the most up-to-date information including information on rescheduling a visit, go to

The Walker Art Center Temporarily Closes

As a tourist destination and community gathering place, we are committed to support Minnesota’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. We feel it is our responsibility to those around us to temporarily close the Walker galleries effective March 14, 2020. This closure includes the Walker’s Esker Grove restaurant and shop.

The Walker knows the vital role that art and artists play in helping people make sense of the world, to comfort, to examine the past and imagine the future. Although we are temporarily closing our physical space, we are committed to remain open to art lovers around the world and to offer any solace or inspiration we can. We understand feeling the need to be connected during stressful times. Please reach out or follow us on social media @walkerartcenter. And if you want something”Walker” during this physical closure, visit us online to explore themes and artworks in our Living Collection Catalogue and contemporary issues on the Walker Reader.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden remains free and open to the public every day.

For the most up-to-date information on the Walker’s response to COVID-19, please visit

Known for presenting today’s most compelling artists from close to home and around the world, the Walker Art Center features a broad array of contemporary visual arts, music, dance, theater, and moving image works. Ranging from concerts and films to exhibitions and workshops, Walker programs bring us together to examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities. The adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the first urban sculpture parks of its kind in the United States, holds at its center the beloved Twin Cities landmark Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen as well as some 60 sculptures on the 19-acre Walker campus. Visit for more information on upcoming events and programs.

Parkway Cultural Institutions’ Short-Term Closure

The safety of our visitors, members, staff, and volunteers is paramount. In a proactive measure to protect against the spread of COVID-19, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have made the joint decision to temporarily close to the public and postpone or cancel public programming and events for a minimum of two weeks, effective at close of business today.

There have not been any reported cases of infection or exposure at our respective institutions, but we believe it is important to follow the science and the best practices for social distancing as outlined by government agencies and the World Health Organization to ensure the well-being of our community. This is a time to unite in service to our community, and we will continue to work with Philadelphia and Pennsylvania health officials and one another to coordinate our efforts.

We look forward to welcoming the public back to our respective institutions soon.


Following guidance from public health and government officials, the Denver Art Museum will close at the end of regular business today, Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to the museum, this action is being taken for the safety of our community.

The museum will remain closed through Tuesday, March 31. At that time, the museum will evaluate the situation to determine appropriate next steps to serve the community and help manage the spread of the virus.

Please visit the museum’s website and social media platforms for updates and details on this situation.

Thank you and be well.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Announces Temporary Closure

Beginning Friday, March 13, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. The closure is a proactive measure to protect the health of the museum’s visitors and staff in response to the coronavirus COVID-19, and in accordance with the state and city’s declaration of a state of emergency. All public events scheduled through April 30, 2020 are canceled or postponed.

According to Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, “Our leadership team has been closely monitoring the developing coronavirus outbreak. Though we have suspended staff travel, increased our on-site sanitization procedures, and advocated social distancing policies, we feel it is now prudent and necessary to close the New York museum and our office locations to reduce the escalation of community spread. We have made this decision in consultation with New York–area peer institutions. We hope that in the coming weeks we can once again invite visitors to enjoy the museum.”

Refunds will be issued to guests who have purchased general admission tickets to the museum from on a day the museum is closed, or purchased tickets to an event or program that has been cancelled.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is closed in compliance with the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers (DPCM) from March 8 through April 3, 2020. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao remains open to the public but has enacted social distancing policies, and is in consultation with local government agencies.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will continue to monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York Department of Health. For updated information on museum hours and programming, visit

To learn more about precautions that can be taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, please refer to information from the CDC.

Temporary Closure of New-York Historical Society

In response to heightened concerns relating to the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19, the New-York Historical Society will close temporarily as of Friday, March 13 at 6 PM until the end of March. All onsite programs will be cancelled through the end of April. These decisions were made to support New York City’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health of our staff and visitors. Although no case of COVID-19 has been connected to the Museum, we are taking these preventive measures out of an abundance of caution to help ensure everyone’s safety. Visitors who have purchased tickets to a program will be contacted shortly to arrange either a refund or a ticket-to-donation to New-York Historical. In the meantime, New-York Historical is encouraging the public to stay connected online and explore our wealth of digital content at We are also offering curated digital content through our weekly eblasts.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and look forward to resuming full operation as soon as possible. We will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, Governor’s Office, Mayor’s Office, and Department of Cultural Affairs. For future updates, please visit

NMAAHC To Close March 14

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the National Museum of African American History and Culture will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. 

We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our visitors, employees, and volunteers. We are in close communication with local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a re-opening date at this time. 

We will provide updates on a week-to-week basis via our website. Follow @NMAAHC on Twitter for updates about the museum’s operating status. In the meantime, we invite you to visit to explore our virtual exhibitions, online collections and educational resources.

Nordstrom and COVID-19

On behalf of everyone at Nordstrom, our hearts go out to all those impacted by COVID-19—this includes not only those diagnosed with the virus, but also their friends and family, those whose jobs and schools have been impacted and so many more. Our focus is, as always, on the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities.

The situation is changing rapidly, and to do our part in slowing the spread of the virus, we have decided to temporarily close all our stores. The two-week closure will go into effect on Tuesday, March 17. This decision includes all our U.S. and Canada stores. We remain open and ready to serve you through our apps and online at,, and—including digital styling, online order pickup and curbside services at our full-line stores, as we are allowed by local regulations.

We realize the impact a closure can have on our store employees, and this is not a decision we made lightly. We want to take care of them as best we can and will be providing them with pay and benefits during this two-week period as well as providing additional resources to help them through this challenging time.

There is no question this is a time of great uncertainty. While we don’t know exactly what the future may hold, we feel confident that by sticking together and supporting each other, we’ll emerge from this stronger than before.

Engage with the Frist through Online Resources

Dear Frist Art Museum Community,

In an effort to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, the Frist Art Museum will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16, through Tuesday, March 31. We want to reiterate that there have been no known cases of COVID-19 in connection to the Frist, however, along with many other businesses and places of gathering, we believe closing our space is the right thing to do

The Frist will continue to monitor guidance from the Metro Public Health Department and the Tennessee Department of Health. Updated information will be posted on the Frist Art Museum website and circulated in our e-newsletter. We look forward to announcing when we will be able to open our doors again.

We are waking up each morning to days filled with uncertainty as we watch this burgeoning pandemic affect every area of our society and culture. We are extremely grateful for the leadership and guidance of our local government officials, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and the camaraderie of our peer institutions here in Nashville and beyond.

While we have never seen a time quite like this, we have seen times that have tested us in profound ways. History and art have valuable lessons to teach in this present moment: we are a resilient and optimistic people; we support each other in difficult times; and we look to artists of the past and present to soothe, teach, and inspire.

While our building is closed as we heed the guidance of government officials, we invite you to engage with us online. Though the galleries are unavailable, each exhibition has its own online presence at On the landing pages for our current exhibitions, you will find a variety of resources that enhance enjoyment and understanding of this magnificent art. We invite you to explore the links that can be found under the “Resources” heading on each exhibition’s page. There we have posted gallery guides, educator resources, media coverage of the exhibitions, and video. And with children out of school, is a tremendous resource for home learning and fun activities.

Like many cultural institutions, businesses, and organizations, we are all improvising and doing whatever we can to fulfill our missions. While the March 19 curator’s gallery tour of J.M.W Turner: Quest for the Sublime has been cancelled, we will be working with chief curator Mark Scala in the next days to prepare a video walk through the galleries to learn more about Turner’s techniques, visionary ideas, and his pursuit of the Sublime—the sensation of awe and terror felt when confronted with the extreme forces of nature. We will post the video on our website and social media platforms when complete.

We also invite you to visit the Frist Art Museum’s Youtube channel, where you will find Tate Senior Curator David Blayney Brown’s lecture on Turner, along with an extensive archive of lectures, instructional videos, short features, and in case you missed it, the entire performance of Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville filmed from the live performance at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Museums all over the world are working to make their collections available online. While their physical buildings may be closed, art is all around us in virtual spaces.

As many of us work remotely and shelter in place with our families, we continue to look to the future with optimism knowing there is hope, solace, and beauty in art.

Thank you for your support,

Susan H. Edwards, PhD 
Executive Director and CEO

The Whitney to Close Temporarily Beginning March 13

The Whitney Museum of American Art has been actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation as circumstances in New York City evolve. In the interest of protecting the wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, and following guidance from local, state, and federal authorities regarding measures that best promote public health, we have decided to temporarily close the Whitney to the public and cancel all events, beginning on Friday, March 13, at 5 pm. Any patrons who have purchased advance tickets for museum admission or public programs will be contacted for refunds.

During this time, the Whitney will continue to monitor the situation and assess the need for continued closure. For the most current information please visit

Should you have any questions, please email us at Our team will make every effort to respond to inquiries in a timely fashion. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

Sending best wishes to you and your community. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Whitney soon.

The Museum has temporarily closed its three locations. Temporary Closure Effective March 13

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has temporarily closed all three locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters—effective March 13, to support New York City’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Met’s priority is to protect and support our visitors, staff, and volunteers, and we have been taking several proactive precautionary measures, including discouraging travel to affected areas, implementing rigorous cleaning routines, and staying in close communication with New York City health officials and the Centers for Disease Control. While we don’t have any confirmed cases connected to the Museum, we believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community, which at this time calls for us to minimize gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible. We look forward to soon announcing when we’ll be able to welcome our staff and visitors back to the Museum.