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Coronavirus: Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg temporarily closed

The decision was made after President Trump declared a national emergency over coronavirus.
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus.
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus.

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After announcing that all March programs and events were canceled, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg announced in an e-mail to members Friday that it would to temporarily close “until further notice.” The decision came after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency in the United States.

In the e-mail, executive director Kristen Shepherd said the museum is committed to doing its part to mitigate the spread of the disease in the community.

She also said that the decision is in keeping with other art institutions’ handling of the public health crisis.

The temporary closure also affects the Art in Bloom event, scheduled for March 26-30. Ticket holders will be contacted by the Stuart Society regarding options.

Shepherd said the museum will monitor the coming weeks and invited people to remain in contact online, as they will share posts highlighting the museum’s collection.

“Museums serve as beloved community spaces offering an escape for peace, pleasure and joy. We are saddened we will not be able to provide that in these difficult times.”

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