The Museum Is Getting Ready to Reopen!
Welcome—and thank you for visiting your Milwaukee Art Museum, even if only virtually! We look forward to seeing you in person and are actively preparing for that day.
COVID-19 has changed our world, and you can expect a gradual, phased reopening of the Museum. This page outlines many of the new protocols we are implementing—and is where you can continue to find updates about visiting the Museum’s campus. The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains our top priority.
We are eager to invite everyone back inside to revisit (and rediscover!) their favorite works of art, and I am honored to share that for the first month the Museum is open, admission will be free—thanks to the incredibly generous support of The Krei Family in Memory of Melinda.
Marcelle Polednik, PhD
Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director
Here’s how we’re getting ready to welcome you back inside:
A Deep Clean
- Robust cleaning and disinfecting
- Additional hand sanitizing stations
- Hospital-grade filtration in the Museum’s HVAC system
Our On-Site Staff
- Face coverings
- Temperature checks
- Training in proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures
- Contact tracing
- Staggered work shifts
What you can expect when we reopen
A Dedicated Path
- One dedicated path through the first floor of the Museum that showcases favorite works and encourages social distancing
- Get reacquainted with many of our greatest hits in unexpected ways, and see works that have never been on view!
A Touchless Experience
- Timed ticketing to keep your Museum visit even more touchless
- We’ve been touchless since 1888.
- Plexiglass at our point-of-sale areas
- Spacious, temporary new store location in Windhover Hall
- Expect store associates to be wearing disposable gloves—offering the same white-glove service.
- Designated time slot for high-risk visitors
- Free Museum admission for every visitor during the first month of reopening
- Thank you, presenting sponsor: The Krei Family in Memory of Melinda.
A Code of Conduct
- An “I agree to remember the basics” to help protect everyone in our community: wear a mask, sanitize my hands, mind the signs, and more
- Read the Code of Conduct in full.
The Great Outdoors
- Activated outdoor spaces to take advantage of our Wisconsin summer and ease social distancing
Food and Beverage
- Coffee to go and pre-packaged lunches from Windhover Coffee
Code of Conduct
Remember the Basics
Wear a Mask and Use Hand Sanitizer
Staff and visitors will wear masks at all times while in the Museum. Hand sanitizer is available for your use before entry and throughout your visit.
Mind the Signs: Keep a Safe Social Distance
You will notice new signage to help everyone keep a safe social distance. Parking spaces and specific galleries will be blocked off. Look down to see decals to help gauge your proper distance.
Go with the Flow
We have a temporary, dedicated route through the Museum to ensure social distancing. For now, only the first floor is open to visitors. We ask that you follow the prescribed path and respect any gallery closures. Map here.
Declare that you are currently not exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If, after making this reservation and prior to your Museum visit, you become ill, please contact us at 414-224-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org so that your reserved time can be made available for another visitor. We’re in this together.
Please be kind to our staff and each other. Respect the directions of the staff. We are here to help, and are looking out for everyone’s health and safety.
We’re eager to welcome you back soon to the Milwaukee Art Museum!
Reginald Baylor, On Duty, Not Driving, 2010 (detail). Purchase, with funds from the African American Art Alliance in honor of their twentieth anniversary, M2011.16. Photo by John R. Glembin. © Reginald Baylor
Severin Roesen, Still Life, ca. 1852 (detail). Gift of Anita Vogel Hinrichs in memory of Ferdinand Hinrichs, M1988.133. Photo by Dedra Walls.
Rigaud Benoit, Flower Carnival (Carnaval des Fleurs), 1973 (detail). Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg, M1991.109. Photo by Efraim Lev-er.
Gustave Caillebotte, Boating on the Yerres (Périssoires sur l'Yerres), 1877 (detail). Gift of the Milwaukee Journal Company, in honor of Miss Faye McBeath, M1965.25.