AMSET reopens to the public with temporary hours, safety guidelines
(Beaumont, TX; May 29, 2020) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will reopen to the public on Monday, June 1 with safety guidelines and temporary hours in place.
“The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is pleased to announce that it will reopen to the public on Monday, June 1,” Lynn Castle, AMSET’s executive director, said. “Although we welcome the opportunity to serve our audiences again, visitors need to be aware that day-to-day operational procedures have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“AMSET is using guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local authorities and other museums as benchmarks for establishing its procedures. As we reopen, our public hours will be shortened and visitor capacity will initially be reduced so that we may take the necessary precautions.”
To create a safe environment, AMSET is requiring social distancing, mandatory face masks, and temperature checks by a staff member using a touchless thermometer. Disposable face masks will be provided for visitors who do not have one. Furthermore, AMSET plans to regularly clean surfaces, provide hand-sanitizer stations throughout the museum, offer a low-touch visitor experience, and take additional precautions.
Presently, visitor capacity is reduced to a maximum of 25 percent capacity. Small parties may remain together. Signage will be posted throughout the museum listing capacity limits and guidelines.
Gallery guides and exhibition-related materials are available online. If visitors would like a physical copy, they can inquire at the front desk. Provided materials must be taken with visitors.
As live programming is reintroduced, it will also be captured digitally, enabling audiences the option to live stream events, Castle said.
“AMSET has actively elevated its digital media presence with educational and interpretive programming upon closing in March and this has successfully gained significant traction,” she said. “These postings will continue after the museum reopens. Our goal is to provide an inspirational visual experience with safety as a priority.
“We cannot wait to open our doors and welcome our visiting public back to AMSET. Visitors are in for a visual treat when they enter the galleries. The experience is food for the soul and nourishment for the creative spirit.”
Virtual tours, art activity tutorials, and more can be found on AMSET’s YouTube page (youtube.com/amsetx500main).
For more information, visit www.amset.org or call (409) 832-3432.