Art lovers in Boca and the surrounding area will be able to enjoy the region’s preeminent museum in just a couple of weeks. The Boca Raton Museum of Art will re-open to the public June 3. But in the immortal words of Mel Blanc, that’s not all, folks: Admission will be free to the public through September, as a way to support the community during this economically strapped time, and the hours are different, too.
Beginning that Wednesday, the museum will be open to the general public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with a special members-only hour at 10 a.m. Thursday to Saturday. These extended evening hours have been instated to encourage patrons to enjoy dinners at restaurants while in Mizner Park.
As with almost every other business, the Boca Museum will adapt to the temporary new normal: Face masks will be required in the lobby and galleries (a limited number of presumably chic masks will be available for purchase in the gift shop), social distancing will be enforced, hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the museum, and cash-free, touchless payment options will be available in the store and lobby. But again, you don’t need to pay to get in through September.
The Boca Raton Museum of Art closed in mid-March just as it opened its spring exhibitions, so June’s re-opening will be the first time most visitors will be able to experience the eclectic “Eye to I: Self Portraits From the National Portrait Gallery,” whose run has been extended through Sept. 20, and “Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers” and “Works on Paper: Drawn From the Collection” which now run through Jan. 3, 2021. Phyllis Galembo’s excellent exhibition “Maske,” which I previously reviewed, also runs through Sept. 20.
Meanwhile, the museum will continue to serve those interested in virtual activities and distance learning through its robust online platform.
The Boca Raton Museum of Art is at 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. For information, call 561/392-2500 or visit bocamuseum.org.