Weisman Art Museum will temporarily close its gallery spaces to the public, beginning Sat., Nov. 21, in accordance with Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-99 and aligned guidance from University of Minnesota leadership and public health officials. Per the Governor’s order, indoor gathering spaces and entertainment venues, including museums, are to close for the next four weeks in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Retail may continue with recommended safeguards in place: For now, WAM Shop will remain open for regular hours of operation, Thurs. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. WAM Shop’s annual fall sale (Nov. 19 – 22 & Dec. 3 – 6) will allow for in-person shopping, as scheduled. Masks are required and customer capacity will be limited to ensure staff and shoppers can keep a safe distance from one another. (Free parking in the museum garage is available with a purchase of $10 or more.) Customers can also place orders by phone or email, with curbside pick-up and shipping options, for a contact-free shopping experience. Visit the WAM Shop online for more information.

The Weisman’s fall public programs are all online and available on-demand. Now’s the time to explore WAM’s streaming artist talks and topical panel conversationsvirtual gallery visits, and art-making activities at home! We’re grateful for your continued support as we all do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Reduced Hours

WAM Shop will be open Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m. Beginning Sat. Nov. 21, the museum spaces are temporarily closed.


Limited Capacity

Visitor capacity will be limited to 25% or less at all times. Posted signage will indicate revised occupant capacities for galleries, elevators, bathrooms, and the WAM Shop. If you come during a particularly busy time, there may be a short wait before entering. There are no in-person group visits or tours (10+) available until further notice.


Face Covering Requirement

All staff and visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the museum, in accordance with guidelines set by both the University of Minnesota and the Governor’s mandate. To better ensure the safety of all our visitors and staff, there will be no exceptions allowed.


Physical Distancing

Signage is posted throughout the museum encouraging physical distancing. You will also find signs in some areas to direct traffic flow through the building. As you meander through the galleries, please ensure you always remain at least six feet away from others in the space.


Handwashing

Hand sanitizer stations are installed throughout the museum. Please sanitize your hands before entering the WAM Shop. Frequent handwashing/sanitizing is encouraged.


Enhanced Cleaning

The museum has implemented an enhanced cleaning schedule to disinfect and sanitize high-touch surfaces and public restrooms at regular intervals throughout the day.


Gallery Map

Download our Gallery Map. Print it out or use it on your mobile device while navigating the galleries. Curious about what’s on view? Learn more about our current exhibitions and the collection.


Group Tours & Classroom Visits

Group tours and in-person classroom visits have been discontinued until further notice. Group visits are limited to 6 people or fewer. Contact wamtour@umn.edu about virtual field trips and online tour options!

 


Questions

Do I need a ticket? 

No. At this time, WAM does not require advance ticket reservations or timed entry. And, as always, admission is free of charge. However, visitor capacity will be limited to 25% or less, to guard against crowding. If you arrive during a busy time, there may be a short wait to enter the galleries. There are spacious areas, both indoors and outside, where visitors may wait their turn while keeping a safe distance apart, should the need arise.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes. Visitors and staff are required to wear face coverings at all times inside the museum, as directed by University of Minnesota leadership and public health guidance, and per the Governor’s statewide mandate. If you forget a bring a face covering of your own, WAM staff will provide a mask free of charge.

Will the WAM Shop be open?

Yes. The WAM Shop is open Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m. Art rental is available by appointment only.

Is there a coat check or lockers available?

Neither coat check nor lockers are available at this time. There are open cubbies in the space if you need to store a bag during your visit. Visitors may continue to bring bags and backpacks into the galleries.

Are all museum entrances open at this time? 

Yes. All museum entrances are open at this time.

 

Other questions? Contact waminfo@umn.edu or call 612.625.9494.

 


Getting Here

 Parking

Parking is available under the museum. University rates for parking ramps are $3 an hour and a $13 daily maximum.


Public Transportation

Metro Transit buses and the Green Line train frequently run through campus. For your best route, visit Metro Transit Trip Planner.


Food

There is no food available for purchase inside the museum. You can find a variety of restaurants in the surrounding areas at Coffman Memorial Union, Washington Ave, and Dinkytown.

Not quite ready to visit in person? Check out WAM@Home for activities to do with kids, a virtual tour of WAM’s exhibitions, and engaging video gallery talks from tour guides, family-friendly creative learning activities, and more. The Weisman’s programming will be freely accessible online throughout the fall, so look for new articles, artist talks, and art-filled video shorts all seasons.


Now’s a great time to make a gift in support of the Weisman’s work to keep its exhibitions and programs accessible and freely available in these extraordinary times.

Hours

Monday – Wednesday

Closed

Thursday – Sunday

12 – 5 pm

Closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.