June 24, 2020

The San Diego Museum of Art Reopens to General Public July 9, 2020

Members Offered First Visits July 6-7; Free Admission For Frontline Workers and First Responders Through Labor Day

SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego Museum of Art will reopen its doors to the general public on Thursday, July 9, 2020, following a closure since March 14 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Museum members will receive early access to the Museum on July 6 and 7, 2020, beginning at 10 a.m.

To ensure the health and well-being of its visitors and following the City of San Diego’s guidance, the Museum will operate at a reduced visitor capacity and has implemented new safety protocols. All staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks, follow physical distancing measures, and pass a non-invasive temperature screening to gain entry into the Museum. Additional reopening safety guidelines can be found below.

“Our incredible staff has been working diligently to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all visitors. I am thrilled to be able to welcome the community back into the galleries,” said Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director at The San Diego Museum of Art. “We’re delighted to present the new exhibition Juan Sánchez Cotán and Cauleen Smith: Mystical Time and Deceptive Light, and the extension of the extraordinary Bouguereau & America through August 2nd.”

As an expression of gratitude and support for their service, the Museum is offering free admission to all frontline workers and first responders upon the reopening of the Museum through Labor Day (September 7, 2020). This program is generously sponsored by American Medical Response. More details available here: sdmart.org/reopening

Before You Arrive:

  • Face masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times by visitors and all staff members
  • Temperature checks required for all visitors and staff prior to Museum entry
  • Visitors showing signs of illness at any time will be asked to return at a later date
  • Social distancing measures in place must be followed at all times
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Museum
  • Visitors are encouraged to use credit/debit cards for transactions
  • Visitors are encouraged to use the SDMA Mobile App for Museum map and content (available on Apple Store and Google Play); physical maps and brochures will not be available until further notice
  • Panama 66 is scheduled to open July 1 with grab-and-go items 
  • The Museum will be operating at a reduced capacity rate of less than 25 percent; visitors will be admitted via one-in, one-out basis
  • Members to receive front-of-line privileges when the Museum reopens to the general public
  • In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions listed above

For those unable or not yet ready to visit in-person, the Museum will continue to inspire, educate, and cultivate curiosity through its Virtual SDMA digital offerings, including the Masterpiece Minute podcast, SDMA Mobile App, social media channels, and SDMA at Play digital activities for art students of all ages.

For more information on The San Diego Museum of Art’s reopening policies visit sdmart.org/reopening

About The San Diego Museum of Art

Providing a rich and diverse cultural experience, The San Diego Museum of Art houses some of the world’s finest art. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum’s internationally renowned collection of more than 20,000 works–dating from 3000 BC to present day–includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings including the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings, East Asian art, American art, and Modern and Contemporary paintings and sculptures. The Museum regularly features major exhibitions of art from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. It also hosts engaging experiences that invite visitors to explore art through music, dance, film, food, and so much more. At The San Diego Museum of Art, exhibition text is always in English and Spanish.