Museum of Fine Arts Temporarily Closes
It is unclear when the MFA will reopen.
ST. PETERSBURG – The Museum of Fine Arts has closed to the public in response to the threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The news of the closure was released Saturday (March 14) in a statement from museum Executive Director Kristen A. Shepherd. In the statement, Shepherd noted that all museum activities for March have been cancelled. It is unclear when the museum might reopen.
“As you all know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States was declared a national emergency. The Museum of Fine Arts is committed to doing our part to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in our community, and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all who enter our doors. The MFA will temporarily close to the public, starting today, Saturday, March 14. As a community institution that welcomes people from all over the region, the nation, and the globe, we believe it is our duty to listen to our public officials and help protect our visitors, volunteers and staff as best we can.
“This decision has been carefully considered, and is in line with how other arts and cultural institutions are handling this public health crisis. Museums serve as beloved community spaces offering an escape for peace, pleasure and joy. We are saddened we will not be able to provide that in these difficult times, but in the meantime, please stay connected to us online. Through our social media and website, we will continue to share the beauty of our museum and collection with you. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@mfastpete).
“With the temporary closure, the 23rd Annual Art in Bloom and its related events, Wearing Flower After Hours and Art in Bloom Luncheon, scheduled for March 26-30, have been canceled. The MFA is incredibly grateful to the Margaret Acheson Stuart Society and all the volunteers who have given their time and energy to plan Art in Bloom this year, and every year. Anyone who purchased tickets for Art in Bloom events will be contacted by the Stuart Society regarding your options.
“Given the rapidly changing nature of coronvirus news, we will carefully reassess the situation in the coming days and weeks, and share updates as they become available. Lastly, as an organization that cares deeply about people and the planet, our thoughts remain with those directly affected by the virus and those working tirelessly to treat them. We appreciate you.
“As always, please stay healthy and safe, and we hope to see you at the MFA soon.
“Kristen A. Shepherd
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS.
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