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Toledo Museum of Art to close for coronavirus prevention

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To help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will be closed to the public Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3. TMA will reopen Saturday, April 4, with this date subject to change based on circumstances at that time. The decision comes after postponing several public programs that were scheduled to take place in March and proactively closing The Family Center through March 31.

“The health and safety of Museum visitors, staff and volunteers is our first priority,” said John Stanley, the Museum’s interim director. “Following the lead set by state officials and other community organizations, TMA will be closed for over two weeks as a way to help slow the spread of the disease.”

With this temporary closure, all public programs, art classes and workshops set to occur between March 17 and April 3 will be canceled or postponed. Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water ticket holders, along with Art Crawl and art workshop participants, can request a refund or consider their purchase as a charitable gift to TMA.

“As a private nonprofit art museum, TMA relies on several revenue streams – including income from ticketed events, exhibitions, art classes and workshops – to provide free access to our world-renowned art collection,” said Chief Revenue Officer Kris Crystal. “Museum staff will work with individuals on refunds, but we ask that they reconsider their purchase as a donation instead.”

Ticket holders may contact Visitor Services at customerservice@toledomuseum.org or 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 to arrange a refund or reschedule their dates for Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water.

In addition, all external events scheduled to take place at the Toledo Museum of Art between March 17 and April 3 have been postponed. The Museum’s Special Events department will work with clients impacted by the closure to reschedule their events. Studio rentals at the Glass Pavilion have also been canceled.

TMA will continue to monitor this developing public health situation and will respond accordingly. Updates will be posted at toledomuseum.org/coronavirus and on the Toledo Museum of Art’s social media (Facebook and Twitter) as circumstances evolve.

Postponed Public Programs

When possible, the following public programs will be rescheduled and updates will be made available at toledomuseum.org as new dates are confirmed. A ($) denotes a ticketed public program.

  • March 15: Great Performances: Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle
  • March 19: Glass Art Workshops: Pick Your Project ($)
  • March 19: Localeyes Tour: Nina Corder
  • March 19: Introduction to Painting Workshop ($)
  • March 20: Glass Art Workshops: Chili Pepper ($)
  • March 20: See, Think, Drink Workshop ($)
  • March 20: Public Tour
  • March 21: Glass Art Workshops: Chili Pepper ($)
  • March 21: Drawing in the Galleries
  • March 22: Glass Art Workshops: Pick Your Project ($)
  • March 24: Art Book Club Discussion: The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe
  • March 26: Art Book Club Tour: The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe
  • March 26: Glass Art Workshops: Pick Your Project ($)
  • March 26: ProMedica Winter Concert Series: Birds of Chicago with Oliver Hazard ($)
  • March 27: Glass Art Workshops: Chili Pepper ($)
  • March 27: Public Tour
  • March 27: AIAToledo Society Lecture: Elizabeth Bolman, “The White Monastery Federation: Upper Egypt and the Early Byzantine World”
  • March 28: Art Crawl
  • March 28: Glass Art Workshops: Chili Pepper ($)
  • March 28: Art House Film: Loving Vincent ($)
  • March 29: Glass Art Workshops: Pick Your Project ($)
  • March 29: Great Performances: University of Toledo Outstanding Student Recital
  • April 2: Glass Art Workshops: Pick Your Project ($)
  • April 3: Glass Art Workshops: Snail ($)
  • April 3: It’s Friday! Music: Estar Cohen Quintent
  • April 3: Public Tour