The Heard Museum is reopening in central Phoenix soon. Here’s what you need to know

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After shuttering due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Heard Museum will reopen to the general public on Tuesday, June 9, according to a news release. 

Museum members will be able to enter the museum a little earlier. Doors open to them on June 2. 

“At this extraordinary moment in time, we believe that the need for art has never been greater,” said Heard CEO David M. Roche in an email statement. 

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Heard Museum and are taking numerous precautions to create a clean, comfortable and enjoyable visit.”

The museum, which is dedicated to preserving and displaying Native American art, will implement new policies when it reopens. 

What to expect when the Heard Museum reopens

Here are the new guidelines and safety policies for Heard visitors:

  • Face coverings are required for staff and visitors for all indoor spaces. Disposable masks and gloves will be available upon request and free of charge.
  • Purchasing tickets online is strongly encouraged.
  • Museum attendance will be limited to 100 guests per hour with a max capacity of 240 visitors.
  • More than 20 hand sanitization stations throughout the museum.
  • One-way directional signs have been installed for all indoor gallery spaces.
  • Small and interactive gallery spaces have been temporarily closed.

The museum also will have new limited hours for the general public upon reopening. Here’s when it will be open: 

  • Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays.

Tickets for museum admission will be available online at a discounted rate of $3 off the typical price. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $9 for children 6-17 years old and free for children 5 and younger. 

The museum’s exhibition schedule also has been updated. 

“David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry” has been extended to run through June 28.

“Grand Procession: Contemporary Plains Indian Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection” will continue through Sept. 7.

“Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Toward the Sun” will be on view through Nov. 15.

“Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art from Indigenous North America” Virginia G. Piper Grand Gallery Exhibition originally scheduled to open May 1 will now open on September 4.

“Whether you are returning, or new to the museum, we are working to ensure not only a world-class experience but a safe one, too,” Roche said.

For a full list of the Heard Museum’s safety and operation updates visit www.heard.org/reopening.

Details: The Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. www.heard.org. 602-252-8840. 

Elizabeth Montgomery is arts and culture reporter for The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. Reach her at emontgomery@azcentral.com or 602-444-8764. Follow her on Twitter @emontnews.

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