Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the museum would not require face masks for attendees. Given recent developments, however, visitors of the Morse Museum will now be required to wear face coverings.
This week, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art resumed pre-pandemic operations, including regular hours and guest capacity. In celebration of its return to standard operations, the museum announced it will offer admission free of cost throughout the month of August.
Given recent developments with COVID-19 cases, patrons will be required to wear masks, and hand sanitizing stations will remain available at the convenience of visitors.
“We are not normally free in August! I’d like to emphasize this point,” the Morse Museum’s Director of Community Relations said. “This opportunity is something very special for this summer, and I hope that people—especially locals—will take advantage of it. It might not ever come around again.”
On March 13, 2020, the Morse Museum temporarily closed its doors due to COVID-19, expanded its virtual offerings, created an education hub on its website called “Create & Explore,” and moved many of its programs online. When the museum reopens, guests will find a series of Tiffany artwork, exhibitions, and installations staged over the course of the past year.
“Resuming pre-pandemic operations means not only that capacity limits are removed and that Museum hours are extended back to normal, but that individuals do not need to make an appointment in advance,” the Morse Museum’s Director of Community Relations said. “We’re so excited to offer more times to visit new and old exhibitions and for our Winter Park community to rediscover the Morse and its collection at a recognizable pace.”
In anticipation of the October launch of its 2021-2022 season, the museum shared that there will be various hybrid lectures, films, and programs held online and at the museum. Operating hours for the Morse Museum are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
“Unless there are new developments, which there seem to be every day, operating hours are now back to our hours prior to the March 13, 2020, temporary closure,” the Morse Museum’s Director of Community Relations said. “That being said, the Morse Museum continues to diligently monitor coronavirus developments as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and other agencies and will act as necessary.”
To learn more about the exhibits this month, visit the website.