The Tampa Museum of Art can celebrate will be able to celebrate its 100th anniversary when the museum reopens to the public on June 1.
The museum made the announcement in a new release Tuesday. It will open to its members beginning with an Art+ Member and sponsors-only weekend on May 30 and 31.
“Since the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the way we can interact with each other, TMA’s reopening task force has been working hard behind the scenes to bring art and culture lovers together to explore and learn safely,” said Michael Tomor, the Penny and Jeff Vinik executive director of the museum, in the release. “Visitors can expect to see some changes as the reopening will follow health and safety guidelines set by the State of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control, and will follow practices recommended by the American Alliance of Museums.”
Among those guidelines, museum staff will be required to wear face masks. Guests are encouraged to also wear face coverings, maintain physical distance and to purchase tickets online in advance and reserve a time for arrival. You can plan your visit and find out what to expect at tampamuseum.org.
The museum will begin participation in the Museums for All program, which gives free admission to people receiving SNAP benefits by showing their EBT cards at the ticketing desk. The release said that’s thanks to a sponsorship by PNC Bank.
“With many in our community in need, we want to make sure our programs are easily available and accessible to everyone,” Tomor said in the release.
Programs that won’t be returning yet include TMA Art Spot and TMA Studio, but the museum has launched online activities through its Museum from Home program. Summer Art Camp has been rescheduled for July.
All of the museum’s spring exhibitions have been extended to the fall.
Among those are: “Modern Women: Modern Vision Works from the Bank of America Collection;" “Frank Stella: Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya from the Collection of BNY Mellon;” “White Gold: Thomas Sayre;” “Frank Stella: What You See;” “The Classical World” and “HerStory: Stories of Ancient Heroines and Everyday Women.”
The Riverwalk Cafe will also open on May 30, serving all food in to-go containers from the grab-and-go menu, until further notice. Guests are welcome to eat at the museum’s indoor/outdoor dining area, with tables spaced apart for safe social distancing. The Museum Store will also reopen on May 30 with a 25 percent off summer sale through June 30.
“We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Tampa Museum of Art,” Tomor said in the release. "Until we see you again, stay safe, and thank you for your continued support!”
IF YOU GO
Tampa Museum of Art: Admission is $15; $7.50 for seniors, military, Florida educators and professional artists; $5 students; free for college students and children 6 and younger. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.