Philadelphia cultural institutions announce reopening  

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art will reopen Friday, Jan. 8. Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

PHILADELPHIA – Following the recent temporary closures mandated by state and city officials to limit the spread of COVID-19, in effect since Nov. 20, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have jointly announced plans to reopen in January with continued health and safety measures in place for staff and visitors. Eastern State Penitentiary plans to reopen in March and the Rodin Museum will reopen later in the spring.

The Franklin Institute plans to reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 6, followed by the Academy of Natural Sciences on Friday, Jan. 8. The Barnes Foundation also plans to reopen on Jan. 8, with extended hours on select days to provide additional opportunities for visitors to experience the Elijah Pierce’s America exhibition, which has been extended through Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18. The Philadelphia Museum of Art plans to reopen on Jan. 8, with new Friday through Monday hours and pay-what-you-wish admission on Friday evenings. PAFA plans to reopen on Thursday, Jan. 21. All plans and reopening dates are subject to change based on guidance from state and city officials.

Cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eastern State Penitentiary, and PAFA first reopened in late summer, following thorough planning and close coordination with elected officials, medical professionals, and one another. The institutions will continue vigilant, carefully developed health and safety protocols as they once again welcome visitors for rejuvenating cultural experiences, with the well-being and safety of staff and visitors as the utmost priority. Comprehensive health and safety protocols are posted on each institution’s website.

Further details on opening dates and special exhibitions on view, are listed below:

The Franklin Institute – Public opening: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
World-premiere exhibition, “Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition,” opens Feb. 13.
Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; closed: Mondays and Tuesdays, with the exception of Monday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Academy of Natural Sciences – Public opening: Friday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
“Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs” opens Jan. 8
Hours: Fridays – Sundays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. with members-only from 10–11 a.m. each day
Monday, January 18, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., with members-only from 10–11 a.m.

The Barnes Foundation – Public opening: Friday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9 – Monday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (additional open day)
Friday, Jan. 15 & Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (extended hours)
Sunday, Jan. 17 & Monday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Regular open hours: Fridays–Mondays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., (10–11 a.m. members-only hour)
“Elijah Pierce’s America” (extended through Jan. 18)

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Public opening: Friday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m.–8:45 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9 – Monday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m.–8:45 p.m. (pay-what-you-wish)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Public opening: Thursday, Jan. 21,
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Hours: Thursday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed: Mondays through Wednesdays
World-premiere exhibitions: “Taking Space,” “Only Tony” and “Roll, Press, Pull”

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