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Joslyn Art Museum reopening with low-touch procedures

Posted at 9:55 AM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-09 18:19:57-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Josyln Museum is back open to the public. With the reopening, a few "don't touch" changes are taking place.

When you walk in, you do not have to touch the door handle. Wave your hand in front of the electronic door sensor, and it will open automatically. When it comes to the thousands of pieces of artwork, no changes were made.

"We believe we are the perfect place for social distancing because our installation strategy has been designed to give people space whether you are in the contemporary gallery or the European gallery. There is enough room in the museum to be social distanced and have your own moments looking at works of art," said Jack Becker, CEO & Executive Director of Joslyn Museum.

As you go from room to room, you use your elbows or shoulders to open the doors.

"With this pandemic this is just a nice place to go, there is social distancing and everyone is following safety procedures," said J.J. Gunther, museum patron.

"It's just nice to get out," said Jody Gunther, another patron. "It's a nice place to be where there is not a lot of people yet."

Normally, the museum sees about 3,000 people per week. While they are not sure about their upcoming attendance numbers, you will see an employee named Mark who is completely dedicated to keeping the museum clean and safe for guests.

They do have a mask requirement.

"You have to wear a mask, it must cover your mouth, nose and chin and it cannot be a bandanna," adds Becker.

Reservations are required, you can go online or give them a call. The cafe and gift shop are closed, but the entire upstairs is open and free to the public.

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