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Toledo Museum of Art announces more galleries, special exhibits will open

The Museum reopened June 23 in a limited capacity with new hours and procedures.
Credit: TMA

TOLEDO, Ohio — The Toledo Museum of Art has been open since June 23 in a limited capacity as the coronavirus continues to be a concern in our area.

New hours and procedures were put in place to create a safe visit for guests, as outlined below.

New Museum guidelines

  • The West Wing of the Museum and the Museum Store will be open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. with special hours from 10 a.m. to noon reserved for at-risk populations.
  • The Museum Cafe will be open with a grab & go menu.
  • The East Wing, Community Gallery, Family Center, Works on Paper/History Hallway, Art Reference Library and the Glass Pavilion remain temporarily closed.
  • Admission to the Museum is still free, but visitors will be required to reserve a museum pass in advance on TMA's website or by calling 419-255-8000 ext 7448. Museum passes will be timed in half-hour increments with the last pass issued for 3 p.m. Visitors can reserve museum passes beginning at 10 a.m. June 15.
  • Group tours will not be conducted and all indoor performance or educational events have been canceled or postponed to the fall.
  • Outdoor programs and events are currently in the planning phases.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while in the Museum. All TMA staff will wear masks at all times.
  • Social distancing of at least six feet between parties will be monitored within the Museum.
  • A one-way path that takes visitors through many of the West Wing galleries has been created. Highlights of this route include the Cloister, New Media Gallery, Great Gallery and Levis Gallery. Visitors are also encouraged to spend time outdoors in the Welles Sculpture Garden. 
  • Plexiglass will be in place at the front desk, the Museum Store and the Museum Cafe. Cash will not be accepted; guests can pay for purchases using a debit card or credit card.
  • Parking will be free to the public through July 7. Paid parking for non-members will resume July 8.
  • Many of the exhibitions that were on view when the Museum closed in March have been extended. Others will open as new exhibitions:
    · Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar will be on view through July 26
    · Thornton Dial: Trip to the Mountaintop will be on view through July 26
    · Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue will be on view through Aug. 16
    · ONE EACH: Still Lifes from Pissarro, Cezanne, Manet and Friends will be on view through Aug. 23
    Two exhibitions scheduled to open this past spring have new dates:
    · The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art, Oct. 3, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021
    · Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture, 1620-1820, April 24-July 5, 2021
    The following exhibitions will remain temporarily off view:
    · PICTURE ID: Contemporary African American Works on Paper
    · Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water
    Those with tickets for Fireflies on the Water can request a refund or consider their purchase as a charitable gift to TMA. Ticket holders may contact Visitor Services at customerservice@toledomuseum.org or (419) 255-8000 ext. 7448 to arrange a refund.

As the museum continues to reopen, more galleries, special exhibits and classes will be open and available for patrons.

Starting Aug. 4:

  • Select galleries in the East Wing of the Museum will open and feature a new exhibition called PICTURE ID: Contemporary African American Works on Paper. The exhibit, originally set to open in March, addresses race, gender and identity issues through the art of nine contemporary African American artists.
  • Intersections by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha will also be back on view. Agha is known for creating intricately-lit spaces that evoke the sacred, while exploring issues surrounding exclusion and belonging, global politics and other issues.
  • Virtual art classes for youth and adults and in-person workshops for adult students will begin Aug. 10. Courses will be offered in a variety of media, with materials included and no experience necessary. Class topics include glass, jewelry, drawing, comic book design (ages 12 to 18) and a colorful Japanese marbling technique for children ages 5 to 7. Registration for classes is open until Aug. 6 on the Toledo Museum of Art website.
  • The Art Library will also open Aug. 17.

Exhibitions closing soon

  • Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue closes Aug. 16. It features dozens of contemporary works of art, many from the Museum's permanent collection and many newly acquired, that encompasses a broad range of media and geographic regions.
  • ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends is closing Aug. 23. It's a one-gallery focus exhibition that features still lifes by six French painters all created in the 1860s.