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The MCA Is Reopening This Friday With A Month Of Free Admission

Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

The MCA Is Reopening This Friday With A Month Of Free Admission

The Museum of Contemporary Art will reopen its doors on Friday, July 24.

Earlier in March, the MCA was forced to close its doors after the issuing of the stay-at-home order. Now, the museum will finally reopen on Friday, July 24, with new measures including free admission through the end of August!

Like other major cultural institutions, the MCA is reopening this month following the city’s move into Phase 4 of the recovery plan. As such, the museum is implementing a new series of sanitary measures to ensure the safety of all visitors. These measures include:

  • Required use of face coverings and hand sanitizer.
  • A new one-way path signed with blue arrows on which visitors must keep at least six feet apart. The entrance will be on Pearson street with an exit through the MCA store.
  • Closed checkrooms.
  • Plexiglass shields for stations where staff must interact directly with customers, like cash wraps and counters.
  • Advanced reservation of free tickets.
  • Limited capacity at 25%.

New opening hours are Friday through Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm,  with the first hour from 11 am until noon being set aside “for people at an increased risk and who may be more susceptible to the virus.”

Exhibitions currently on display at the MCA include:

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  • Seeing Chicago,” an exhibition featuring hundreds of artworks from the city’s collections pulled together by British-Nigerian fashion designer Duro Olowu. The exhibition had just opened when the museum was forced to close and will now be extended until September 27.
  • Just Connect,” a new pandemic-themed show that uses works from the museum’s collection to explore how we connect and reflect on how we’re coping with the current circumstances.

The MCA also encourages its visitors to take advantage of its vast outdoor spaces such as their backyard and sculpture garden as well as their plaza on which they’ll be hosting the SOAR farmer’s market every Tuesday. The museum’s steps will also be open and will be signed with stickers to ensure the 6-foot safety distance.

Free tickets must be reserved on the MCA’s website prior to your visit although limited tickets will also be available at the admissions desk on the first floor.

See also: The Art Institute Of Chicago Is Reopening With A Week Of Free Admission For Illinois Residents

[Featured image: @mcachicago, Instagram]