Museums are only open in June

Des musées ouverts seulement en juin

Even if the museums have obtained the green light to open their doors as early as next Friday, no institution is ready to open before the end of June.

At a week’s notice, no one is ready for the 29th of may, since there is still work to be done to implement the series of measures in order to receive visitors safely, said all the leaders of the museums contacted by The Newspaperon Friday.

Another reason of the belated recovery of the activities is the gradual reintegration of employees.

In the capital, the Musée de la civilisation and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, respectively, have announced a re-opening 20 and 29 June.

On the side of the metropolis, the Museum of contemporary art, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and Pointe-à-Callière has not yet set a date, but they have, however, clarified to the Journal that it would not be before the end of June. The Musée d’art de Joliette, will be ready on June 9th.

A visit reinvented

Now, the visit to the museum will be completely reinvented.

It will first need to plan and book his time slot. Several museums are currently setting up a system of on-line ticketing for the purchase of tickets time-stamped.

Everywhere, the number of visitors in the room will be limited, and set according to the size thereof, to comply with the rules of social distancing.

For example, at the MNBAQ, not more than 80 people at a time will be able to admire its flagship exhibition, Frida Khalo, Diego Rivera, and the modern mexican. At the Museum of civilization, we are talking about a fifty people at a time.

The visitors will also observe the marks on the floor, and in some cases, follow marked trails. They will have a visiting time that is determined for each room. The MNBAQ, this will be a time to visit the exhibition.

“Ideal Conditions “

Binding measures which will enrich the experience, argues Jean-Luc Murray, director general of the MNBAQ.

“These are ideal conditions to see an exhibition, because people will almost have meetings one-to-one with the works, in an environment much less lively than when it was the days of 5000 people. I even think that these are measures that could stay long-term, ” he argued.

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