The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park reopened its doors to the public today. It was shut down March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials stress the plan complies with guidelines from the state of Florida, Palm Beach County and city of Boca Raton, and is subject to change depending on circumstances.
The museum has created an intense sanitizing program and will follow capacity limit guidelines. Masks will be required; social distancing will be mandatory in all galleries and during check-in and hand-sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the building.
New public hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, with early member mornings Thursday to Saturday starting at 10. Admission is free through September as a way to give back to the community. For the time being, there will be no docent tours or scheduled programs.
Flagler Museum to reopen June 9
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum at One Whitehall Way in Palm Beach is scheduled to reopen to the public on Tuesday after being closed since March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whitehall is the 75-room mansion built by oil and railroad mogul Henry Flagler in 1902.
“We are proud of our strong reputation as a pristine and beautifully maintained institution, which has stood the test of time as a symbol of history and accomplishment,” said Erin Manning, the Flagler Museum’s executive director, in a prepared statement.
To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, the museum is following town, county, state and Centers for Disease Control guidelines. To manage traffic flow, the museum has modified its hours of operation. It will open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.
All visitors will be required to pre-purchase general admission tickets. Walk-up ticket sales are barred until further notice.
Due to social distancing guidelines, group and docent-led tours have been replaced with self-guided tour options. The museum requires all visitors over the age of 2 to bring their own mask or face covering, which must be worn at all times. Visitors must practice social distancing. Restrooms have been modified to accommodate one person at a time and hand-sanitizing stations are set up throughout the building.
For information, call the Flagler Museum at (561) 655-2833 or visit www.flaglermuseum.us.
‘Unforeseen circumstances’ halt Morikami reopening
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach did not reopen June 2 as had previously been announced, said museum spokeswoman Sally Shorr.
“We will update you with a new reopening date as soon as it has been confirmed,” she said, urging residents to view social media pages or the Morikami website (morikami.org) for information.
The museum was scheduled to reopen earlier this week with a plan to maintain the safety of visitors and staff with capacity limits, 6-foot social distancing and a program of cleaning and sanitation. Masks would also have been required.
Areas that would have opened for public visitation were the Roji-en Japanese Garden, Bonsai Exhibit, Cornell Café (with limited services) and the Museum Store (with limited capacity). Garden paths would have been marked as one-way only, and guests would have been urged to follow proper social distancing.