MISSOULA – After a two-and-a-half-month closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana reopened its doors Tuesday, May 19, with strict adherence to safety protocols outlined by the governor’s office.
The museum reopened with its popular exhibition “Monte Dolack: The Artist’s Nature” in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center and will extend its run until Aug. 29.
“All of us at MMAC have waited a long time for this day,” said MMAC Director H. Rafael Chacón. “We are excited to be back to sharing the art and culture we so desperately need in this time of global crisis.”
Going forward, the museum will follow strict sanitation and social distancing procedures to protect its staff and visitors. This includes keeping visitor capacity at 50% and groups under 10 people, maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet between guests, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitizing all surfaces touched by the public in common spaces and having visitors sign-in to facilitate contact tracing should a staff member or volunteer become ill.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2020, MMAC is home to one of the oldest and deepest art collections in the Rocky Mountain Northwest. Its world-class collection of more than 11,000 objects includes significant historic and contemporary works of art.