Somebody mentioned yesterday how crazy things have been since Montana started shutting down the state back in the middle of March. It kind of took me by surprise that it's been barely over two months since things really got turned upside-down - it seems like so much longer. But, it's been nice to see the amount of businesses and events that have recently had good news to share. Among others.

The Missoula Art Museum has shared news that they will reopen on June 4th. When they do, it will have been an 11-week closure because of COVID-19 concerns. Like most places, reopening doesn't exactly mean back to business as usual. The museum will have a reduced capacity to start. They encourage social distancing and masks are recommended.

Aside from trips to the grocery store and a couple weekend visits to the home improvement stores, I haven't really ventured out to any public businesses or events. Have you been back to a restaurant since they've reopened? Do you feel comfortable going to a public place like the art museum?

Details of the Missoula Art Museum reopening can be found in the press release below:

The Missoula Art Museum will reopen its doors Thursday, June 4, after an eleven-week closure in concert with the community’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. In following with Governor Bullock’s phased plan to reopen businesses across the state, MAM is entering the first step of a tiered reopening plan. Increased daily disinfecting and sanitizing protocols are in place for high-touch surfaces throughout the museum building and galleries. Given the changing nature of the state’s phased re-opening and the progression of the pandemic, this plan and related details are subject to change and will be revised as needed.

Visitors are recommended to wear face coverings and physical distance from other individuals while visiting. A maximum number of 25 visitors will be allowed in the building at a time. Tours will be available on a reservation basis — stay tuned for more information about how to sign up.

MAM’s enriching virtual events will continue as planned, including a virtual First Friday reception June 5. Selected summer camps for children will continue in accordance to safety guidelines. Other education programs will be offered on a mixed virtual and in-person basis. Visit MAM’s website or call the museum for more information.

“All of us at MAM are so pleased reopen our doors and share the visionary artwork by Montana artists on view in the summer exhibitions at MAM. We offer food for the soul—something for everyone—and free of charge! We trust that our viewers will be compassionate towards others, and help us provide a haven for all,” said Laura Millin, executive director at MAM.

MAM features four diverse exhibitions this summer: Stephen Braun: Hindsight and Foresight Are 20/20 through September 19, Earthborn: 30 Seconds to 40 Moons through August 22, and Love Letters to the Collection, on view all year, and Laura Barrett: State of Grace through August 22. This summer’s installation in the Missoula Art Park, Jay Laber: Reborn Rez Wrecks, will be on view through October 2020.