San Antonio Museum of Art Set to Reopen this Week

Monday 25th, May 2020 / 10:33 Written by
San Antonio Museum of Art Set to Reopen this Week
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On May 26 the San Antonio Museum of Art will Reopen to it’s Members and on May 28 They will Reopen to the Public

On Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27, the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) will reopen its doors to Museum members, and will reopen to the general public starting Thursday, May 28 in alignment with the Governor’s 25% capacity ruling. Here are the new protocols that SAMA has implemented surrounding its reopening, as well as helpful information.

San Antonio Museum of Art reopens

Reopening Protocols 

  • The Museum will resume operations from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 
  • SAMA will require all staff to self-check their temperatures at home, ensuring they are in good health in advance to accessing the Museum’s premises for work
  • SAMA will require all staff, members, and visitors to wear masks/face coverings inside of the Museum, in common indoor spaces, and outdoors when not able to be socially distanced
  • Should a visitor not have a mask on-hand when they arrive at the Museum, SAMA will have masks available for purchase onsite
  • SAMA asks that any visitors feeling unwell stay home
  • In an effort to provide a “paperless experience,” SAMA has made advance online ticketing available for all visitors by visiting here: https://www.samuseum.org/admissiontickets/
  • Tickets will be sold by designated time blocks, encouraging gradual visitation to the Museum throughout any given day. Time blocks for entry may be purchased as followed:
    • 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
    • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    • 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Tuesdays and Fridays)
  • Timed tickets are required during the Museums Bexar County free hours:
    • 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Tuesdays)
    • 10:00 a.m. to noon. (Sundays)
  • While visitors will need to maintain their arrivals to their designated time blocks, they will be permitted to stay and enjoy the Museum until close of business, if desired 
  • Sneeze guards have been installed at the Museum’s main reception desk to ensure limited contact between front of house staff and Museum visitors and members
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been made available for staff and visitor use
  • Social distancing protocols will be in effect for all visitors at the Museum, including:
    • Six-foot floor markers in high-traffic areas 
    • Elevator use will be limited to a maximum of four persons or one family unit
  • SAMA has implemented additional cleaning procedures and disinfecting protocols in alignment with CDC guidelines to ensure enhanced sanitization of all Museum surfaces
  • SAMA’s policies and protocols may be found online by visiting samuseum.org/welcome
San Antonio Museum of Art reopens
A quilt that is displayed on the wall. The artist, Faith Ringgold, calls these works “story quilts.”
San Antonio Museum of Art reopens

Things to Know

  • A digital map of SAMA may be found online for easy reference here: samuseum.org/welcome
  • SAMA’s gift shop will remain closed to the public; however, online ordering and curbside pickup for merchandise will remain possible
  • All public event programming will remain temporarily suspended until further notice
San Antonio Museum of Art reopens
Alexander Pope (American, 1849–1924), “Sportsman’s Trophy,” 1898–1899, Oil on canvas, Purchased with funds provided by The Brown Foundation, 77.998

Virtual Offerings 

Understanding all members and/or visitors may not yet be prepared to return to the Museum, SAMA will also continue to offer robust online programming in an effort to continue to share the arts with individuals and families from the comfort of their homes. An outline of SAMA’s virtual offerings may be found below, and programming links can be found here: https://www.samuseum.org/samaanywhere/

SAMA is dedicated to providing exceptional experiences with art to its visitors and the community and looks forward to welcoming back guests to experience its collection and current exhibition to members beginning May 26 and 27 and to the public on May 28. As always, SAMA is committed to the safety and health of its staff, members and visitors.

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