Rubin Museum of Art Will Reopen on September 12

Safety protocols protect staff and visitors, enabling a contemplative, intimate Museum experience

Free admission extended to all health care providers

The Rubin Museum of Art has announced its reopening to the public on September 12, with exclusive member preview days of September 10 and 11.

The Rubin will return to its regular Museum hours, open five days a week: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with free admission from 6 to 10 p.m. Visitors will encounter a new installation, The Lotus Effect, comprising folded lotuses submitted by the public as symbols of gratitude and compassion. The shop will reopen, while Café Serai will remain temporarily closed. Timed entry tickets are now available for visits through September 26. 

The Rubin hopes to be an oasis during this difficult time. “We know that the art and ideas from our collection serve as a source of comfort for many during these uncertain times and that the Rubin provides a space for contemplation, calm, and connection to ourselves and others, which is very much needed right now,” says Executive Director Jorrit Britschgi. “We’ve certainly all learned how to truly embrace impermanence for the last few months. After being closed for almost 180 days, having an actual reopening date is like finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. We have planned to make this transition as smooth and safe for all as possible, and I look forward to welcoming visitors through our doors. While things may feel a bit different, the chance to experience art in an intimate environment will undoubtedly be rewarding.” 

To ensure the safety of its staff and visitors, the Museum has developed comprehensive safety procedures in accordance with CDC and New York State and City guidelines, as well as new operational protocols including: 

Galleries and common spaces have limited capacity (25 percent of maximum capacity) to allow for physical distancing of all staff and visitors. 

Timed entry tickets are required for gallery visits. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online, with a limited number of timed entry tickets available onsite. Ticket reservations will also be required for Free Friday Nights. Health care providers will receive free admission through the end of the year. 

All visitors ages 2+ must wear a mask or face covering conforming to CDC guidelines and practice social distancing. 

Enhanced cleaning procedures are in effect and hand-sanitizing stations are located throughout the Museum. 

New hours for seniors and individuals who the CDC identifies as high risk will take place every Thursday, before the Museum opens to the general public, from 10 to 11 a.m. (free every first Thursday of the month). 

To learn more about current and future exhibitions, visit www.RubinMuseum.org.