Savannah visitors and residents will once again be able to view art and history in person, as many area museums begin to re-open following the coronavirus shutdown.
In the next several weeks, many historic museums are resuming operations and allowing visitors to re- enter, with enhanced safety measures in place.
The Savannah African Art Museum
The Savannah African Art Museum, located at 201 E 37th St., is ready to begin welcoming back visitors on Wednesday, July 8. The museum will re-open for its normal business hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays.
The museum ceased tours in March due to COVID-19 mandated closures, and will adhere to enhanced sanitary measures and guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors, volunteers and employees, staff say.
"We’re looking forward to once again sharing our collection with the community of Savannah and beyond," said Billie Stultz, SAAM’s founding executive director and chief curator.
"We’ve implemented important precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy while they enjoy our exhibits, so we welcome new friends and visitors, longtime supporters and anyone who’s curious about our galleries to come an experience all we have to offer," Stultz added.
Savannah African Art museum is a non-profit institution devoted to spreading awareness and appreciation of African culture. The museums holds a collection of more than 1,000 artifacts and works from West and Central Africa.
For more updates and information about upcoming exhibits, visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or follow on social media.
The Davenport House Museum
The Davenport House Museum, located at 324 E. State St., began welcoming back visitors earlier this month amid the coronavirus pandemic, and is now open for normal business hours.
The museum has reopened its doors, resuming their normal hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, with the museum’s final tours of the day beginning at 4 p.m. daily.
The museum has implemented several heightened safety measures, including enhanced cleaning procedures, available hand sanitizer and disposable gloves for guests while they are inside the museum and Kennedy Pharmacy buildings, staff shared.
However, face coverings are a requirement for guests and staff while they are inside the two buildings, with the exception of guests with breathing issues, and children under two years of age. If guests do not have a face covering with them, disposable masks are available for purchase.
Museum staff say they are excited to once again welcome guests back to learn about the history of early Savannah and the home’s historic residents.
"The Davenport House enjoys having a wonderful mixture of locals and tourists as our guests," Davenport House Museum Director Jamie Credle said.
"We’re pleased that our reopening has gone so well, and that everyone’s been great about adhering to the protocols put in place in order to keep everyone safe," Credle added.
For more information about the Davenport House Museum, visit online at www.davenporthousemuseum or follow them on social media.
Telfair Museums in downtown Savannah will be reopening its three sites—the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and the Jepson Center for the Arts—beginning Friday, June 26.
The museums, which share a single $20 admission fee, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. During the initial reopening phase, the museums will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Telfair museums have implemented many new health initiatives for visitors and staff, including social distancing, regular deep cleanings, hand sanitizer, Plexiglas, face masks, and reduced-contact admissions procedures.
The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, a National Historic Landmark, will now have family-sized tour groups and a new audio component to help ensure the safety of guests on the 200-year-old property, staff say.
"We’re excited to welcome the public back into our buildings starting Friday. We’ve been able to extend a number of exhibitions, including a spectacular survey of American Impressionist paintings at the Jepson Center and a look at the history of Bonaventure Cemetery and the Bird Girl at the Telfair Academy," shared Courtney McNeil, Telfair Museum’s chief curator and deputy director for curatorial affairs.
"We’re hearing from a lot of people that they’ve been missing the experience of art and history in person, and we can’t wait to share it with them," McNeil added.
To celebrate the museums’ reopening, Telfair is also offering a free family weekend from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19, with free admission to all Savannah and Chatham County residents in partnership with the City of Savannah.
For more information about Telfair Museums and their new admission hours, visit online: www.telfair.org/hours-admission or follow them on social media.
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