Museum & Art Center reopens June 18

New exhibits at Brattleboro Music & Art Center include two focused on homelessness, developed by the museum in partnership with Groundworks Collaborative and supported by a grant from the Thomas Thompson Trust. Taking its title from the number of people who were unsheltered in America in 2018, "Steven Kinder: 552,830" features larger-than-life painted portraits of people experiencing homelessness whom Kinder has met over the years in New York City. The portraits are suspended from the ceilin

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BRATTLEBORO — Face coverings will be a requirement, among other new safety measures, when the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center reopens to the public on June 18.

The museum, which has been closed since March 15 to curb the spread of COVID-19, will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to wearing face coverings, visitors will be required to maintain physical distance from one another and museum staff.

Although the museum is permitted to admit as many as 75 visitors at a time, attendance will be limited to a maximum of 40. Visitors may walk in unannounced or they can make reservations and pay admission in advance on the museum's website. In recognition of the financial uncertainty during the pandemic, admission will be on a "pay-as-you-wish" basis.

"We are thrilled to be able to welcome visitors to the Museum once again," museum director Danny Lichtenfeld said in a statement. "In this time of great uncertainty and anguish, both personal and societal, we hope our exhibits will offer visitors a measure of hope, inspiration and relief."

Eight new exhibits opened on March 14, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, they were closed the next day and have gone unseen in the three months since. Those exhibits were originally scheduled to come down in June, but have been extended through Oct. 12.

The museum, at 10 Vernon St. (the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142), is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.


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