As Texas continues to ease coronavirus-related restrictions, reopenings are sweeping across the state. The latest San Antonio attractions to join the fold are the McNay Art Museum and Blue Star Arts Complex, both of which revealed reopening details on May 28.
The McNay will open its doors to members only on June 24 and June 25, before reopening to the general public on June 26. During its initial phase of reopening, capacity will be limited to 25 percent, and many health and safety procedures will be implemented, notes a release. Among them:
- Masks required for staff and visitors ages 2 and up
- Additional hand sanitizer available for visitors
- Option of contactless online ticketing
- Plexiglass barriers at the front desk and in the museum store
- Physical distancing throughout the museum, with additional signage for guests
- Increased sanitation of all areas
The museum has also extended the dates of its current exhibitions, including "Selena Forever/Siempre Selena" (now on view through January 10, 2021) and "Goya's Caprichos and the Human Condition" (now on view through August 9), giving guests more time to experience them in person. There is also ample programming available online, for those who choose not to visit the museum just yet.
Blue Star Contemporary will begin its phased reopening a little earlier, on June 6. Starting then, members and donors will have access to the space and its current exhibitions. BSC will reopen to the public the following week, on June 11. All visitors (members and non-members alike) must make a reservation online in advance.
BSC will require masks for guests ages 10 and up and will check the temperature of all guests upon entry. Visitors must also observe social distancing, and anyone who feels sick or has recently traveled is asked to stay home.
“Blue Star Contemporary is looking forward to welcoming back our community and inspiring visitors through contemporary art. Our new visiting procedures are in place out of care for our artists, audiences, and staff so that we may continue to share our exhibitions with you in person,” said Mary Heathcott, executive director of Blue Star Contemporary, in a release.
Like the McNay, BSC has extended its current exhibitions. "Novel Ideas," "Secret Passage," "Giveth and Taketh," and "More Findings," all which opened in early February, will now be on view through August 2.
These two cultural mainstays join several other major San Antonio attractions who have announced reopening plans. The San Antonio Museum of Art, Briscoe Museum of Western Art, and The Witte Museum will all be open in some capacity by the end of May.