Under the Red Tier, museums are able to open their indoor facilities for the first time since March 2020. While some are still assembling their reopening plans, LACMA has announced it will be among the first to welcome guests back inside.
LACMA will reopen all its existing galleries to the general public effective April 1, 2021. Tickets will go on sale March 25 at 10 a.m. Members will be able to get a first peek, with member preview days on March 26 to 30; tickets for those days will be available starting March 19.
Despite that several buildings on the campus were demolished last year, six brand-new exhibitions are on display: Bill Viola: Slowly Turning Narrative, Yoshitomo Nara, NOT I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE-2020 CE), Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera, Cauleen Smith: Give It Or Leave It, and View From Here: Recent Acquisitions.
Those shows will be accompanied by extended presentations of Mark Bradford: 150 Portrait Tone, Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22nd Street, and Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific, which were installed prior to the shut down, along with selections from the museum’s permanent collections.
The museum will be phasing in dining, with the walk-up LACMA Café Airstream opening on March 26 and Ray’s & Stark Bar and Coffee + Milk following on April 7.
New and enhanced safety protocols will be in place for the reopening. Visitors must submit to an online health screening and in-person temperature check before entering, and six-foot distancing must be maintained while exploring the facility. Masks are required; LACMA specifies “neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, or face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes” will not qualify. There will be new one-way traffic patterns in some areas.
While the museum remains capped at 25 percent capacity, all visitors will be required to purchase tickets in advance, which will specify entry times. The digital tickets will be scanned at a contactless check-in.
The museum warns that, even with all protocols in place, the risk of COVID-19 will be present, and could cause harm to those who are unvaccinated or vulnerable. LACMA requests that no person visit the museum if they or anyone in their party has been exposed to any person believed to have COVID-19 within the prior 14 days.
For the time being, no in-person programs or film screenings will be held, but LACMA will continue its robust LACMA @ Home online event series.
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