“After nearly seven months, Phoenix Art Museum is ready and excited to welcome back Museum Members and the Valley community,” said Tim Rodgers, PhD, the Museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and CEO, who began in the role July 1. “During this time of uncertainty and increased social isolation, art can offer much-needed inspiration, joy, and connection. When visitors come back to see us again for the first time, our vibrant, newly installed galleries will feature exhibitions that explore a diversity of thought and experience through outstanding displays of Latin American and Latinx art, special installations showcasing ancient Asian burial artifacts and Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, and old favorites like the work of Arizona artist Philip C. Curtis. This is a momentous occasion in the history of the Museum, and we are eager to continue serving our community during the time of COVID-19 by offering valuable and safety-conscious opportunities to enjoy art from around the world.”
Effective October 1, Phoenix Art Museum will be open five days a week with updated hours, providing exclusive access to Members for two weeks before opening to the general public on October 14. The Museum will also implement a 600-person cap on the number of guests permitted into the Museum each day and will offer visiting periods exclusive to seniors. Additional safety measures include continuous disinfecting and cleaning practices and required masks for both staff and visitors. Guests are also encouraged to purchase their tickets to the Museum in advance of visiting to ensure a low-touch experience; if paying on-site, visitors must use a debit or credit card, as the Museum will not be accepting cash upon re-opening. Tickets for the general public will be available for purchase on October 1 at phxart.org. Members will not be required to reserve tickets in advance of their visit but will be required to present their Membership ID cards upon arrival at the admissions desk. For more information on what community members can expect during their visit to the Museum, click here. These procedures are subject to change based on recommendations from state and municipal public-health officials.
The Museum Store and Palette Restaurant will also re-open in a limited capacity on October 1, while the Museum’s Lemon Art Research Library will remain closed until further notice. All in-person Museum events, tours, and programs will additionally remain suspended until further notice. The Museum will continue to offer virtual events and opportunities for engagement, including biweekly, themed Virtual Visit emails featuring artworks from across the institution’s collection areas.
Beginning October 1 for Members and October 14 for the general public, every gallery in the Museum will be open, the majority of which will feature new exhibitions and special installations. Guests exploring commonly visited spaces in the Museum, including Greenbaum Lobby, Morrell Promenade, Rineberg Gallery, Lyon Gallery, and Cummings Great Hall, will also see a range of objects on view from the Museum’s Latin American, Asian, modern, and contemporary art collections that were hand-selected by Rodgers, the Museum’s new Sybil Harrington Director and CEO. Along with these works, visitors will enjoy the following exhibitions and special installations:
Featuring artworks made from plastic toys, leftover food, and other unconventional materials
On October 1, Phoenix Art Museum will also open free of charge to all U.S military veterans, active-duty personnel, and their immediate family members with ID courtesy of the Military Access Program at Phoenix Art Museum (MAP@PAM).
For a full breakdown of general admission prices beginning October 14, including a new, reduced admission option for youth aged 6–17, click here.
For information on adjusted voluntary-donation hours on Wednesdays and First Fridays, click here.
For information on annual Membership extensions in response to the Museum’s COVID-19 closure, click here.
To request additional information on the Museum’s October re-opening and high-resolution photography, contact the Museum’s Press Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a gift in support of Phoenix Art Museum, visit phxart.org/donate.
About Phoenix Art Museum
Since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has provided millions of guests with access to world-class art and experiences in an effort to ignite imaginations, create meaningful connections, and serve as a brave space for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art. Located in Phoenix’s Central Corridor, the Museum is a vibrant destination for the visual arts and the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. Each year, more than 300,000 guests engage with critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions and the Museum’s collection of more than 20,000 works of American and Western American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also presents a comprehensive film program, live performances, and educational programs designed for visitors of all ages, along with vibrant photography exhibitions made possible through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit phxart.org, or call 602.257.1880.