Utah Museum of Fine Arts reopens, with shorter hours and safety protocols to battle COVID-19

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Shari Lindsey looks at Diego Rivera’s La ofrenda as Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City opens for the first time in five months, with new COVID-19 restrictions in place, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

After five months shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts opened its doors last week.

The museum has set new hours — Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., with an hour from 11 a.m. to noon on those days for seniors and people at high-risk for the coronavirus — and strict sanitation protocols, including masks and social distancing for all visitors and staff.

UMFA is reopening with two exhibits it had opened before the pandemic closed everything in March. One is “Beyond the Divide: Merchant, Artist, Samurai in Edo Japan,” showing works from 19th century Japan from UMFA’s collection. The other, which opened only a week before the world shut down, is “Utah Women Working for Better Days!,” marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment being ratified, which confirmed women’s right to vote, and the 150th anniversary of Utah becoming the first place in modern America where women could vote.

The museum is limiting its capacity to 100 people at a time, and requesting visitors reserve their tickets in advance online — at umfa.utah.edu — to make it easier to keep a headcount. No groups larger than 10 will be admitted.

Online tours are available, and all events and programs will be conducted online for the near future.

The Museum Store will be open the same hours as the museum. The cafe will be open Monday through Friday for beverage service only.

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