National Gallery of Canada reopens Saturday, July 18
Open on Thursdays to Sundays only for the first phase of reopening
Physical distancing protocols will be in place to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff
The international Indigenous art exhibition Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel reopens July 23 and will be on view until October 4
The exhibition Beautiful Monsters is extended until the fall
The National Gallery of Canada (the Gallery) announced today that it will reopen on Saturday, July 18, 2020. For this first phase of reopening, the Gallery will reduce its operations to four days, from Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The number of visitors will be also limited to ensure the safety of the public and Gallery staff.
"Many of our visitors and members have indicated their eagerness to return to the Gallery, and we are just as excited to welcome them back. We are currently implementing the physical distancing protocols and measures needed to ensure their experience is as safe and pleasant as possible. We hope that our spaces, exhibitions and national collection will provide our visitors with comfort and inspiration in these very difficult times," said National Gallery of Canada Director and CEO, Sasha Suda, Ph.D.
Members of the Gallery will able to reconnect with the collection and the exhibitions on view on July 16 and 17, ahead of the public re-opening.
The exhibition of international Indigenous art, Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel, will reopen on July 23 and run until October 4. The presentation of Beautiful Monsters in Early European Prints and Drawings (1450–1700) will also be extended until the fall. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the collections of Canadian and Indigenous art, European art, and Contemporary art, including the installation More Sweetly Play the Dance, by South African artist William Kentridge.
The Boutique will be open and will welcome a maximum of 15 visitors at a time. The Cafeteria and 7 Tapas Bar will remain closed until further notice, as will the Second Cup located near the Group Entrance.
Visitors will be able to purchase their tickets at the box office located in the Scotiabank Great Hall.
Health and safety above all
The Gallery is making every effort to ensure that visitors feel safe during their visit and can fully enjoy the works of art.
Visitors will enter the Gallery through the Group Entrance and exit through the Main Entrance. Masks will be made available upon request, but will not be mandatory. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed at several locations within the building.
Boutique, box office, and cloakroom counters will be fitted with Plexiglass panels, and Visitor Services and Boutique staff will be wearing masks.
Special signage will remind visitors of physical distancing measures and indicate the route to follow during their visit.
For more details on the Gallery’s program and schedule, please visit www.gallery.ca
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