As B.C. takes small steps toward reopening, the city's museums are the first cultural facilities getting set to reopen for the first time since COVID-19 shutdowns.
Both the Museum of Vancouver and the Vancouver Maritime Museum, situated near each other at Kits Point, have announced they'll start welcoming visitors on June 11, after an almost three-month shutdown.
So what will a visit to the museum look like during pandemic fears and heightened social-distancing rules? No tickets can be bought at the door and must be ordered online-only, with timed entrances. Staff will be monitoring visitor flow and, of course, cleaning high-touch surfaces regularly. In some cases, interactive objects have been removed. Measures comply with B.C.'s Restart Plan.
The Maritime museum will feature a new exhibit called By the Shore: Maritime B.C. in Paintings and a return of Lessons from the Arctic: How Roald Amundson Won the Race to the South Pole, continuing on display facing the outdoors in the windows of the St. Roch shelter. It has reduced hours, Thursdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry tickets, staggered at 15-minute intervals, are here.
At the Museum of Vancouver, current exhibits include Acts of Resistance, showcasing the artwork of seven indigenous artist activists from the Pacific Northwest, whose designs flew from the Iron Workers Memorial bridge on July 3, 2018 to protest the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline project; and Haida Now, with about 450 Haida works. Its hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and timed tickets are here. The attached H.R. MacMillan Space Centre remains temporarily closed.
While museums and galleries may be spacious enough to consider reopening, performing-arts facilities remain on lockdown and face additional challenges due to bans on gatherings of more than 50 people.