Michener Art Museum And Mercer Museum To Welcome Visitors Back July 23

Special Member-Only Access Slated For July 20, 21, And 22

July 17, 2020

With Bucks County, Pa., making its transition to the “green” phase, the Michener Art Museum and Mercer Museum are delighted to announce that they will jointly reopen their doors and welcome back visitors beginning Monday, July 20, with three special member only preview days on July 20, 21, and 22. Both institutions will officially open to the public on Thursday, July 23. Keeping the health and well-being of visitors, members, staff, and volunteers as a top priority, the Michener and Mercer museums are following CDC recommendations and taking new measures to ensure safe environments. While each museum will have its own set of guidelines, both will be implementing timed ticketing, limited capacities, and social distancing. In accordance with the Borough of Doylestown, masks will be required in all indoor spaces.
The Michener Art Museum will proudly unveil “Rising Tides: Contemporary Art and the Ecology of Water” along with several other reimagined galleries in the museum. Advance-purchased timed tickets will allow the visitor services staff to welcome guests in a safe manner. Members are also asked to register online for timed tickets. Newly installed traffic-flow signage and stanchions will guide visitors on an enjoyable journey, allowing sufficient viewing areas in ample space. The museum café and coat check will remain closed at this time.
"I am delighted to see the Michener Art Museum reopening the building to the community after a long pause. The museum team has extensive cleaning and social distancing plans to ensure your safety while exploring our latest exhibition, ‘Rising Tides,’" commented new Michener Art Museum executive director Kate Quinn, whose start date coincides with the reopening.
As the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society, both prepare to reopen, a number of safety measures and enhancements will help to ensure the health and safety of staff and guests alike.
The Mercer Museum will unveil its new exhibit, “200 Years of Bucks County Art.” Since its founding in 1880, the Bucks County Historical Society has collected works of art, fine and folk paintings, portraits and landscapes, and genre and decorative works. Never before seen comprehensively, this collection is the centerpiece of the new exhibit. The exhibit highlights local portraiture and landscape painting by noted American artists and important regional painters, as well as numerous companion pieces such as historical artifacts, documents and images from the Bucks County Historical Society collection that relate to the artists or their subjects.
“We are excited to reopen the Mercer Museum and breathe life anew in Henry Mercer’s great concrete castles. We have missed the joy and energy of our guests and cannot wait to welcome them back to our halls and share the wonder of our new exhibit, ‘200 Years of Bucks County Art,’ with them,” stated Mercer Museum president and executive director Kyle McKoy.
The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, Pa. For more information, visit www.MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215-340-9800.
The Mercer Museum is located at 84 S. Pine St., and Fonthill Castle is located at 525 E. Court St. For up-to-date schedule and admission information, please visit www.mercermuseum.org or call 215-345-0210.


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