Special Annoucement: JMM Re-Opening

Posted on July 14, 2020 by

Like many of you, I have been pining away for the day when JMM could reopen safely.

I am pleased to announce that we will take our first step towards public reopening on July 19. We will be open for two shifts on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am to noon and 1 to 3 pm, advance tickets and reservations required for both members and non-members. There are only ten individual tickets available for each shift, and visitors will need to leave the Museum campus at the end of their time block, so staff may implement our new cleaning procedures.

The first four days we are open (July 19, July 21, July 23, and July 26) the only gallery that will be open is the Feldman Gallery featuring the LAST FOUR DAYS of our original exhibit Scrap Yard:  Innovators of Recycling. If you missed this show when we abruptly closed in March, this is your one last chance to see the exhibit before it heads onto the road. Starting July 28, we will reopen the Cardin Gallery with our permanent exhibit, Voices of Lombard Street along with a new version of our lobby exhibit on suffrage pioneer Sadie Crockin as we mark the passage of the nineteenth amendment.

Due to the additional challenges of cleaning historic structures, we will not be conducting any tours of our historic synagogues for the time being. We’ll keep you posted in our weekly JMM Insights e-newsletter as offerings change and update – keep an eye out for the official opening day of Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit this September!

When you visit the Museum, you will notice a number of changes we have made for the safety of our staff and guests, from required masks for all staff and visitors to a new front desk placement. Below you will find a list of our new protocols and procedures to help ensure safe visits for all.

I want to take a moment to thank you and your neighbors for making this small amount of progress possible. It is because you were patient and did not rush out to bars and beaches, because you wore masks and socially distanced, that conditions permit us to gradually move towards reopening. We will continue to monitor the situation and consult with health professionals. If conditions merit, we will open the doors a little wider, but if cases rise in this region we won’t hesitate to pause or even roll back the current plan.

~Marvin

Image: Henrietta Szold masks up. Perna and Rueben Krick show off their homemade cat masks, 1949. JMM 1993.167.77a-d. Safety first! Masking up for a JCC stone-carving class, JMM 1995.189.500.


Hours

Sunday:         10 am – 12 pm          1 pm – 3 pm
Tuesday:        10 am – 12 pm          1 pm – 3 pm
Thursday:      10 am – 12 pm          1 pm – 3 pm

Please note, we are closed 12 pm – 1 pm to facilitate cleaning times and staff breaks. Guests will be asked to leave the Museum property during this time.


Tickets

Advance ticket purchase and/or reservations are required for both members and nonmembers.

Purchase/Reserve tickets online here.

Purchase/Reserve tickets by phone: (443) 873-5179.
Please note, we are not onsite five days a week, so we may not return your phone call right away.

Onsite Ticket Sales are not available.


Policies & Procedures

 

Safety Procedures

Cleaning
JMM staff are regularly cleaning surfaces and touch points using CDC-approved cleaners. Cleaning routines are performed multiple times a day, throughout the Museum, including in the lobby, in the bathrooms, and in the exhibits. The Museum will be deep cleaned every week.

Health Screenings
If anyone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, please stay home. (A full list of symptoms can be found on the CDC website). On the day of your visit, we encourage you to do a self-health screening to see if you or anyone in your household has a fever or any other symptoms before you come to the Museum. We reserve the right to turn away guests who are experiencing visible COVID-19 symptoms.

Face Masks
Everyone on JMM property is required to wear face masks for the duration of their visit. Face masks must cover the nose and mouth completely, without any gaps, and should be made of two layers. JMM bandanas and/or disposable masks will be made available to those who need one. The mask must be worn the whole time during a visit. We reserve the right to turn away guests who refuse to wear a face covering.

Social Distancing
Everyone is required to stay six feet apart from others not from their household. This is required in all spaces in the building.

Contact Tracing
The Museum will be using contact tracing to keep guests informed of any possible COVID-19 exposure. All personal information will be kept anonymous and used only by JMM staff to send out communication to those being contacted.

Amenities

Restroom
The single-stall, family restroom is the only one available at this time. (This restroom does include a changing table.) This is to promote social distancing and so that staff can more easily clean and sanitize the space. Wipes are provided for guests to encourage sanitizing the space before and after they use the bathroom.

Esther’s Place
A pop-up version of the shop will be available in the Museum lobby with a selection of items to browse. Credit card purchases only, no cash will be accepted onsite. Guests are asked to refrain from handling the items as much as possible.

If you are looking for a particular item, we encourage you to visit our gift shop website or contact our Shop Manager, Chris Sniezek at csniezek@jewishmuseummd.org.

If you need to pick up something, please contact us ahead of time before you visit in person by calling (443) 873-5179. We can arrange for curbside pickup to avoid extended contact, or we can prepare the items for you to browse.

Historic Synagogue Buildings
The Lloyd Street Synagogue and B’nai Israel will not be open to guests due to challenges in cleaning historic spaces.

Exhibits
Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling – On view July 19 – July 26, 2020.

Voices of Lombard Street – On view starting July 28, 2020.

The Synagogue Speaks – Not currently on view.

Sadie Crockin lobby exhibit – On view starting August 2, 2020.

Accommodations
If guests are unable to follow the outlined policies at this time, we encourage you to connect with us online instead! JMM provides content and materials online for guests to visit, including online exhibits. We also offer an online tour of our Scrap Yard exhibit, an online shop, and more. To learn more about our offerings, visit our website.

Guests onsite who choose to not follow these policies will be asked to leave the Museum campus.


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