The Met said that the museum is planning to reopen to the public in mid-August or in the weeks following.
“Initially, the days and hours The Met is open will likely be reduced, and, given the need to provide an environment that respects social distance requirements, the Museum will not have tours, talks, concerts, or events through calendar year 2020,” the museum said in a statement.
“The Met has endured much in its 150 years, and today continues as a beacon of hope for the future,” museum President Daniel H. Weiss said. “This museum is also a profound reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to offer comfort, inspiration, and community. As we endure these challenging and uncertain times, we are encouraged by looking forward to the day when we can once again welcome all to enjoy The Met’s collection and exhibitions.”
In an additional statement, the Met said that the 2020 Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, “originally scheduled for Monday, May 4, will not take place this year due to the global health crisis.”