The Montclair Art Museum reopened on September 12. As a part of its reopening, the museum has implemented new programs to make its galleries accessible to all during this time of mass unemployment.
As part of its Community Access program, people facing unemployment can currently book free tickets to the museum. Interim Director Ira Wagner described the decision to offer free admission during the pandemic. “Coming back into the galleries is a revelatory experience – like seeing color for the very first time. We want to share that uplifting experience with all the members of our community. Offering free admission to those dealing with unemployment is the Museum’s small way of helping the community carve out some time to surround themselves with art that inspires, challenges, calms or recharges,” he said.
The Montclair Art Museum also participates in the Museums for All initiative. This program gives people receiving SNAP benefits free or reduced admission to over 500 museums throughout the country. People enrolled in SNAP can get free admission to the Montclair Art Museum upon showing their EBT card.
The museum has also implemented new safety protocols for protect guests from COVID-19. Visitors must buy timed tickets and will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Guests are also required to wear face masks in the museum. The museum reserves 11 AM to 12 PM each Friday for seniors and immunocompromised guests.