Following Gov. Roy Cooper’s Phase 2.5 announcement allowing museums to open at up to 50% capacity, the Asheville Art Museum is scheduled to reopen to Museum Members Sept. 9-11, and to the public beginning Sept. 12.
The Museum has instituted health and safety precautions including required face coverings, and timed tickets are required for entry which will be available beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4 at ashevilleart.org.
The Museum’s galleries, the Museum Store, and Perspective Café will reopen with limited capacity. Art PLAYce, our intergenerational makerspace, and the Frances Mulhall Achilles Art Research Library remain temporarily closed.
Current exhibitions include A Telling Instinct: John James Audubon & Contemporary Art, Dancing Atoms: Barbara Morgan Photographs, Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds, Reverberations: Exploring Movement in the Collection, Muddying the Waters: Traditions in North Carolina Clay, 50 Years of Western North Carolina Glass, Intersections in American Art, and Many Become One.
The Museum will return to regular operating hours and be open to the public beginning Sept. 12. Regular operating hours are Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with late-night Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
General admission is always free for Museum Members, UNC Asheville students, and children under 6; $15 per adult; $13 per senior (65+); and $10 per student (child 6–17 or degree-seeking college students with valid ID). Frequent updates will be available at ashevilleart.org, and also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Become a member now at ashevilleart.org/membership/.
“Six months have passed since the Museum temporarily closed its doors in March with the COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe order and safety concerns,” saidAsheville Art Museum Executive Director Pamela L. Myers. “During this time, we’ve worked creatively and collaboratively to continue our mission of offering innovative experiences for learning, enjoyment, and interpretation of art. It’s been a time of intense review, planning, and learning that will impact all areas of operation—analog and virtual—going forward. The dedication of Museum staff, trustees, volunteers, Members, and supporters from here in WNC and across the country has made it possible to retain staff, deliver virtual programs, safely and securely manage the facility, and protect our Collection and works on loan to us. The Museum is a center of community, a place for engaging dialogue and discourse. We can’t wait to welcome visitors in to explore the richness of the Museum Collection and exhibitions in person.”
Until further notice, the Museum is instituting the following temporary safety precautions that are in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, the Buncombe County Department of Health, and the City of Asheville.
Overall capacity is limited, and timed admission tickets are requited at this time to ensure safe attendance. Online ticketing is strongly encouraged; tickets are available for Members and the public at ashevilleart.org beginning at 5pm on Friday, September 4. Limited tickets may be available at the door. Tickets are released in two-week blocks on the 1st and 15th of each month.
Face coverings are required at all times throughout the Museum for staff, visitors, contractors, and volunteers aged 3 and older. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth, and be secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops or wrapped around the lower face. Masks are also available for purchase in the Museum Store for visitors who do not bring their own.
Visitors will be asked to walk, wait, and sit with at least six feet between individuals or groups. Suggested one-way traffic patterns will be marked in the atrium, galleries, stairs, and elevators.
Restrooms with personal hygiene guidance and multiple hand-sanitizing stations are available on each level. The Museum asks that visitors wash or sanitize hands upon arrival and as needed.
Small groups of up to six people may visit together. The Museum looks forward to welcoming larger groups when it is safe to do so. Guidance for families visiting with children is available at the Museum’s welcome desk and at ashevilleart.org.
Touchless payment options and hygiene shields are installed at the welcome desk, in the Museum Store, and in Perspective Café. Cash and checks are temporarily not accepted. The Museum’s main entrance doors and restroom sinks/toilets are touchless.
Enhanced sanitation protocols are in effect for all areas of the Museum.
The Museum’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems are optimized with filtration above the Center for Disease Control’s and ASHRAE’s COVID-19 recommendations. Air is exchanged several times per hour in all publicly accessible spaces.
Group tours are temporarily suspended. Visitors are invited to use the new smARTguide—a self-guided highlights tour with information about artists and artworks in our galleries—with personal mobile devices and headphones. or virtually through the Museum From Home initiative and Virtual Visits.
More information about programs and Museum From Home is available at ashevilleart.org.