Updated 5/19/2020 3:00PM
Tampa, FL, May 19, 2020 – The Tampa Museum of Art will once again open its doors to the public and continue celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout this year’s programming. The Museum’s reopening will happen in phases, beginning with an Art+ Member and sponsors-only weekend on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. Then on June 1 at 10 a.m., the Tampa Museum of Art will open seven days a week to the public, resuming its regular hours of operation.
“Since the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the way we can interact with each other, TMA’s reopening taskforce has been working hard behind the scenes to bring art and culture lovers together to explore and learn safely,” said Michael Tomor, the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art. “Visitors can expect to see some changes as the reopening will follow health and safety guidelines set by the State of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control, and will follow practices recommended by the American Alliance of Museums.”
To help those who are unemployed or underemployed, whether or not as a result of the COVID-19 shutdowns, the Tampa Museum of Art will begin participation in Museums for All on June 1, thanks to a sponsorship by PNC Bank. Museums for All is a program that allows all those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) free admission to the Museum by simply showing their EBT card at the Museum’s ticketing desk. “With many in our community in need, we want to make sure our programs are easily available and accessible to everyone,” said Tomor.
With the health and safety of guests and staff as the Tampa Museum of Art’s top priority, visitors are encouraged to plan their visits before their arrival by going to TampaMuseum.org. On the website, visitors can purchase admission tickets in advance, reserve a time for their arrival and read the comprehensive safety plan to know what to expect during their visit. Among the changes visitors will see, physical distancing and the use of facemasks will be required of the frontline staff and encouraged for all guests in the galleries, the Riverwalk Café at TMA, and in the Store. As directives from the CDC and government officials evolve and change, so will the Museum’s protocols.
Thanks to very generous lenders of art to TMA’s spring exhibition schedule, All spring exhibitions will be extended through the fall to allow visitors to see these remarkable works:
Some of the Tampa Museum of Art’s in-person programming and classes, such as TMA Art Spot and TMA Studio will remain on hold, however, the Museum has launched a series of online offerings through its Museum From Home program that will continue beyond the June 1 reopening. Other events will be modified and postponed, such as Summer Art Camp, which is rescheduled to begin in July.
Also reopening on May 30 will be the Riverwalk Cafe at TMA by SaltBlock Hospitality and the Museum Store. The Riverwalk Cafe at TMA will serve all food in sealable and recyclable to-go containers from the grab-and-go menu until further notice. Still, guests are welcome to enjoy their meals at the Museum’s indoor/outdoor dining area, with tables spaced apart for safe social distancing. As an added treat to visitors, the Museum Store will be hosting a summer sale offering 25% off all merchandise for May 30 – June 30 and will begin offering curbside pickup for orders placed by phone at 813.421.8386.
On a final note to visitors, Tomor said, “we can’t wait to welcome you back to the Tampa Museum of Art. Until we see you again, stay safe, and thank you for your continued support!”
For the latest information and resources from TMA about coronavirus, please continue checking this web page.
Updated 3/17/2020 1:00PM
Because the safety and well-being of guests, volunteers, staff, and community are the Tampa Museum of Art’s top priority, the festivities for Pride & Passion originally scheduled for April 18, 2020, will be postponed for a future date yet to be determined.
In partnership with government officials, local partnerships, and sponsors, the postponement of the 15th annual Pride & Passion celebration, presented by Wells Fargo, meets the CDC recommendation to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our Tampa Bay community.
The good news is that Pride & Passion guests now have more time to exercise their creativity and plan the perfect outfit for this year’s theme, Neon Jungle. Stay tuned for an announcement with a new date for the Tampa Museum of Art’s most popular fundraising event of the year that celebrates diversity and inclusion in Tampa Bay.
Nina Womeldurf, Director of Marketing and Communications, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL. Phone (813) 421-6613. E-mail: email@example.com.