How have museums made it through the pandemic?

The "Museum of the Moon" installation was on display at the Bell Museum until June 9, 2019.
The Bell Museum on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota will likely reopen in late February or early March.
Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News file

For those of us who love exploring new museums and visiting old favorites, it's been a difficult 11 months of staying at home.

The state's museums have closed and opened and closed again as Gov. Tim Walz has tightened and loosened restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. On Jan. 11, the state's museums were allowed to reopen once more — at 25 percent capacity.

How have these institutions stayed up and running during an economically difficult pandemic? And how have they innovated to reach audiences at home?

MPR News guest host Chris Farrell spoke with three museum directors about the year they’ve had and what visitors can expect as they gradually re-open their doors.


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