Glenstone Reopens Indoor Pavilions to the Public

The Glenstone Museum reopened its indoor Pavilions Thursday after weeks of limiting available exhibits to those that are outdoors due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday, the museum’s normal operating hours, visitors will be allowed to enter, in staggered 15-minute intervals, to view additional material.

In advance of the reopening, Glenstone staff sent out a video recreation of a written correspondence between two artists featured in the museum as a message of hope to the public during these tough times.

“Today, we are re-opening the Pavilions after what has been, for so many people, an uncertain and difficult few months,” museum staff wrote in the attached letter. “In the time that the museum was closed to the public, we looked to the artists in the collection for inspiration and, in some cases, motivation and came across a letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse…In 1965, Eva had been feeling particularly down, and Sol wrote her an extraordinary letter of encouragement. Today, we’re sharing the letter—with a slight twist—with you. We hope that it can bring you some joy in an otherwise fraught time. It is sometimes helpful to remember that we just need to ‘do.'”

The museum has implemented a number of new protocols in order to assure the safety of patrons during their visits. In addition to limiting the number of people admitted, Glenstone is also requiring all visitors and staff to wear masks at all times, limiting group size to five, enforcing social distancing between groups, allowing scheduled visits only, and adding hand-sanitizing stations near all rooms and entry points.

When news of the museum’s plan to reopen its pavilions first broke on July 2, Glenstone co-founder and director Emily Wei Rales said in the announcing press release that she felt the museum was more than able to reopen safely.

“Our unique approach of providing an uncrowded and unhurried visitor experience allows Glenstone to offer a safe and socially distanced experience for lovers of art and nature,” said Rales.

Outdoor exhibits will still be available for viewing. The link to schedule a visit can be found here.

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Tori Bergel is an intern at Montgomery Community Media. She is a rising senior within the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She can be reached at tbergel@mymcmedia.org. Follow her on twitter at @BergelTori.

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