University museums locations will reopen Aug. 17

Kimono sculpture

This ceramic kimono sculpture by artist Karen LaMonte is part of the "Contemplate Japan" exhibition in the Brunnier Art Museum through fall semester. Submitted image.

University Museums announced this week its three campus locations will reopen to the public, with modified hours and experiences, the first week of fall semester. These include the Brunnier Art Museum in the Scheman Building, Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall and Farm House Museum on central campus. The focus will be on keeping the museum spaces cleaned and sanitized, keeping visitors and staff healthy and on providing a place for creative interactions in the arts, science and technology. Comprehensive (and consistent) cleaning procedures are in place.

All visitors and staff are required to wear masks, and all locations will reopen at 50% occupancy, as directed by ISU guidelines. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been added at all locations. Museum staff also ask visitors to:

  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more between yourself, other guests and staff in all museum spaces.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands immediately before and after your visit.
  • Heed signage that's part of the overall "Cyclones Care" initiative

Museums staff created two virtual programs for visitors planning to see exhibits or attend in-person programs. "COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols" and "Registering for Fall Programs" both will be available Aug. 10 (4 p.m.) on the museums' YouTube page.

Fall programming

Similar to ISU classes, university museums will offer a hybrid schedule of educational programs through December. Many programs will be available virtually through its YouTube page and released on a scheduled day. Other programs will be broadcast via Facebook LIVE on its Facebook page at a specific time. In-person programs will be offered, however they typically will be limited to 10 people with distanced seating. Participants will use an online calendar system to preregister. The attendance cap will be reevaluated throughout the semester to respond to current safety measures.

Know before you go

Following are details for university museums' three locations.

Brunnier Art Museum, 2nd floor Scheman Building

Christian Petersen Art Museum, Morrill Hall

Exhibition artwork is spaced to allow for ample physical distancing and traffic flow.

Farm House Museum, central campus

  • Hours: Monday-Friday noon-4 p.m.
  • Exhibition: "Farm House 160," through Nov. 25
  • Visitors will be limited to the first floor with a maximum of 22 visitors at a time. Restroom will be restricted to staff use.