The National Gallery of Art in DC announced in a statement that the Ground Floor of its West Building will reopen to the public on Monday, July 20.
The West Building will be operating with limited capacity and reduced daily hours from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, requiring free, timed passes for entry.
There will be one entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, and two exits; one at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue and the other at 7th Street NW.
“Since our temporary closure in March, we’ve been preparing for the day when we could safely welcome visitors back into the Gallery. After months of thoughtful planning, we’re delighted that that day has arrived. I look forward to once again fulfilling our mission as the nation’s art museum—a space for reflection, beauty, and public enjoyment,” Kaywin Feldman, director of the National Gallery of Art, was quoted as saying in the statement.
“Our new visitor guidelines and timed entry passes will ensure that visitors can comfortably enjoy our collection as well as the Degas at the Opéra and True to Nature exhibitions, which have been extended to compensate for the closure.”
The gallery will be issuing timed entry passes every Monday at 10:00 am for the following week. The passes will be valid for 30 minutes between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. However, it should be noted that entry will be subject to building capacity and safety. A limited number of walk-in passes will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visitors will be allowed to spend approximately 90 minutes inside.
Those visiting the the West Building Ground Floor will get to see 19th- and 20th-century sculpture; medieval, Renaissance, and baroque sculpture and decorative arts; a selection of impressionist still life paintings; and the expansive installation Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830.