The Museum at Eldridge Street has announced plans to reopen on June 1st, 2021. The historic site has been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum will resume regular hours of operation, but will require timed ticketing for entry and follow enhanced safety procedures. Admission will be “pay what you wish” through the month of June and reservations can be made on the website.
In an email, Chelsea Dowell explained, “The biggest change is that all visitors will explore the historic floors of the museum using a new digital self-guide tour. We worked with Culture Connect to create a cool interactive digital tool that delivers all the great stories of our in-person tour without the close personal contact. And it’s available in English, Spanish, and Chinese! (Docent-led tours will return eventually, too – just not quite yet.)”
The team also noted:
“Moving forward at the Museum will not mean forgetting what our city and country have endured this past year. A memorial book in the historic sanctuary will allow guests to inscribe the names of loved ones they’ve lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Museum hopes that the serenity of the historic sanctuary will provide a much-needed place of reflection and relief for mourning New Yorkers.”
As with many institutions making the transition back to in-person events, online programming will continue as well. This year, the museum will host its signature Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas street festival as a month-long virtual celebration. Programs will take place every Sunday in June, and will be accompanied with a month of additional programming including video interviews with folk artists and neighborhood residents, at-home kids activities, blog posts, community partnerships and more.