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Nelson-Atkins reopens following March shutdown due to COVID-19

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 18:58:19-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has reopened its doors after closing in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New safety protocols limit the number of people who can be in the museum, allowing for social distancing. Julián Zugazagoitia, the museum’s director and CEO, said there are some benefits to the changes.

"As you see it is not crowded, people can enjoy it at their own pace,” Zugazagoitia said. “Just being in front of art, it is very soothing. So, I think things are going well."

Though not required, staff recommends that visitors reserve a time to visit the museum to better ensure proper distancing.

While closed, the museum pivoted to provide more options on its website, which could continue after the pandemic.

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