WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum was to reopen its Rose Hill location, an historic house on Prospect Street, to the public on Monday, June 22, with updated guidelines for visitors, including modified hours, ticketing, cleaning and safety protocols.
“The museum continues to closely monitor the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and state and local government agencies to stay on top of this evolving situation. We are taking every precaution to ensure a safe workplace for employees and an enjoyable and safe experience for visitors,” said Museum Director Bob Burns.
Through the summer, the museum plans to be open for visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visitation will be by appointment only, on the hour, with the last appointment beginning at 3 p.m.
All tickets will be $5 per person. To allow for social distancing, groups of no more than 10 visitors will have exclusive access to the museum galleries on the first floor for 40 minutes. The additional time between appointments will be devoted to cleaning and disinfecting common spaces before the next group enters the building.
Tickets must be purchased, in advance, from the museum’s website. Visitors should plan to leave all personal items locked in their cars; large purses and bags will not be allowed into the museum. Visitors are asked to wear masks during their visit, and staff will be required to wear masks when outside of their offices in public spaces. Visitors will be able to purchase masks at the museum if they do not bring their own face covering.
Museum staff will use established Covid-19 cleaning protocols and thoroughly clean and disinfect all common surfaces hourly, between each appointment.
When visitors arrive at the museum, they are asked to call the visitor services desk to confirm their party and will be given instructions on where to enter. Visitors will be restricted to the first floor and will have full access to all galleries on this floor for 40 minutes. Visitors will also have access to the sculptures located outside, on the grounds of Rose Hill.
The museum has also been working to finalize an exhibit called Staff Picks: Favorites from the Museum Collection, which coincides with the re-opening. It will be on view throughout the museum’s first floor galleries and includes works representing a variety art movements, subject matter and mediums.
Each staff member selected a favorite work and created a narrative describing why. The exhibition includes new acquisitions that have not previously been on view.
The Mattatuck has also mounted an online presentation of the exhibition, which includes information on the artists and works, as well as the narratives from each staff member.
The online exhibition can be found on the museum’s website at mattmuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions, among its other exhibition offerings.
“We understand that in these challenging times, some of our visitors still may not feel comfortable returning to public spaces,” said Mr. Burns. “After seeing how this exhibition came together and reading the heart-felt narratives from our staff, I felt this was a special exhibition and wanted to make sure it was shared with our entire audience, whether that be in-person or virtual.”
Admission tickets can be purchased online at mattmuseum.org. The website also outlines the Museum’s updated guidelines for visitors, including what to expect on your visit, cleaning and safety protocols, and frequently asked questions.
Those wishing to purchase admission tickets may visit the museum online at mattmuseum.org or call 203-753-0381, ext. 130, with questions.