Museum Closed to Public Until April 1, 2020: Virtual Programming Planned

These are unprecedented times for most of us. COVID-19 has upended life as we know it as we watch its progression across the globe.

Like you, we’re listening closely to health experts at the local, regional, and national levels with their recommendations regarding best practices such as enhanced sanitization, social distancing, and more.

After much careful consideration, the Taubman has decided to close to the public effective today, with the tentative plan to re-open Wednesday, April 1.

 All on-site classes, tours, and events scheduled during this window are canceled or will be postponed to a later date yet to be determined.

Those who have pre-paid for March activities can be reimbursed by calling the Museum’s main line at (540) 342-5760. The Museum’s Art by Night activities planned for Friday, April 3, will be postponed as well, with the Museum planning to close at 5 p.m. that day.

The Taubman’s mission is to bring people and art together for discovery, learning, and enjoyment. Our staff offices will remain open during this time; our plan is to continue furthering our mission by providing a number of free, virtual, educational offerings over the next two weeks.

Check our web site and social media pages regularly for updates on those offerings, but mark your calendar for this Wednesday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m. as we go live on the Museum’s Facebook page with a free, guided mini-tour of the galleries with Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable, the Museum’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections.

We’re also planning to partner with arts and culture organizations from across our region to provide you with continued quality educational programming delivered online from the Museum – examples include book readings with our friends from the Roanoke Public Libraries, performances by the directors of Southwest Virginia Ballet and Opera Roanoke, and hands-on art projects that families can follow along from home, just to name a few!

As always, we are grateful for your continued support, perhaps even more so during times like these. We’ll continue to assess the situation daily, and provide updates as they’re available. We wish each of you health, happiness, and well-being until we see you in the galleries again.

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