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SHELBURNE MUSEUM TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE DUE TO COVID-19
ALL EXHIBITIONS, PROGRAMS SUSPENDED AND CAMPUS CLOSED TO PUBLIC
SHELBURNE, Vt. (March 13, 2020)–In response to concerns related to COVID-19 Shelburne Museum will temporarily close to the public effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, Museum Director Thomas Denenberg announced. All public exhibition buildings, the grounds and the Museum Store will be closed.
All exhibitions will be suspended, and events and activities, educational programming and rental events will be cancelled or postponed. Administrative offices will continue to be open regular business hours.
“This was an unprecedented and carefully weighed decision based on current guidance against the gathering of large groups and recommendations for social distancing and our responsibility to the community, our staff and volunteers,” Denenberg said.
While the museum campus will be absent visitors, staff will continue to care for the collection, grounds and gardens in preparation for welcoming visitors as soon as conditions allow.
A date has not been scheduled for reopening, but the situation is being closely monitored and recommendations of state and federal health officials followed. For more information please visit the museum web site at shelburnemuseum.org or email email@example.com.
About Shelburne Museum
Founded in 1947 by pioneering folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, is the largest art and history museum in northern New England and Vermont’s foremost public resource for visual art and material culture. The Museum’s 45-acre campus is comprised of 39 buildings including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Webb Gallery featuring important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley, and many more. For more information, please visit shelburnemuseum.org.