The Flagler Museum, one of the cultural fixtures of Palm Beach island, will reopen to the public Tuesday, June 9, nearly three months after its closure as a “nonessential” business. As with most institutions cautiously opening their doors in the midst of a pandemic, the Flagler’s leadership has instituted new policies to limit crowding and in-person interactions.
The most dramatic change is the elimination of the walk-up ticket kiosk just outside the museum’s entrance. For the time being, tickets may only be purchased in advance, through the museum’s website or via phone, with a credit card or PayPal. In order to restrict crowd sizes in accordance with public-health guidelines, the Flagler will limit each purchase to four tickets.
Visits are by appointment now as well; ticket-buyers will be asked to select an entry date and time as they complete their online order. Once they arrive, they’ll be required to socially distance and follow one-way fixed routes throughout the property. If you’ve been to a supermarket and encountered the arrows and exes taped onto the floor, you know the drill. Ditto with face masks, which will be required for all visitors over the age of 2 for the entirety of their times on museum property.
And, as is customary with other reopened museum, group and docent-led tours have been replaced with self-guided options, using a supplied paper brochure or the Flagler Museum smartphone app. In its continued endeavors to promote a contactless experience, the Flagler’s gift shop, now located in the museum’s West Room, will no longer accept cash.
Got all that? Now enjoy: The opulent Whitehall building’s first and second floors, outdoor grounds and Kenan Pavilion will be available for exploration, with attendees invited to visit Henry Flagler’s iconic Railcar No. 91 and the second-floor exhibition gallery, which currently showcases “Walk This Way: Historic Footwear From the Stuart Weitzman Collection.” The exhibition, organized by the New York Historical Society, reveals the ways footwear has transcended its ostensible function to permeate culture and fashion.
“We’re excited to be reopening our historic gates and vast indoor and outdoor spaces,” said Executive Director Erin Manning, in a press release. “Our steadfast and devoted team started to plan our reopening the moment we closed on March 17th, knowing that our existence is dependent on being open to visitors from both around the corner and around the world.”
For more information, or to reserve tickets, call 561/655-2833 or visit flaglermuseum.us.
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