After more than five months in hibernation, the museums of New York are slowly starting to reopen, reawakening part of the cultural life of the city.
On Saturday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will greet the general public after members were allowed back on Thursday. The Museum of Modern Art just opened this week, the Whitney Museum of American Art will reopen next week and the Guggenheim plans to return in October.
Even at 25% of its capacity, the Met, with 2.2 million square feet of exhibition space, can accommodate as many as 2,000 people every hour, said Laurel Britton, senior vice president for revenue and operations. That number is likely hypothetical. The museum doesn’t expect to have more than 4,000 visitors a day, she said. There’s a silver lining: no crowds.
“I think it will increase your enjoyment of the experience,” Britton said. “We are going to be a hyper local museum.”
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