This past year has been challenging for cultural institutions throughout the world, and the Museum is no exception. We had to briefly close our doors to ensure the safety of our visitors. When we re-opened, we established a number of protocols so that we could continue serving our guests. They included free face masks, temperature checks, an ambassador desk at the entrance to orient visitors, and social distancing throughout the galleries.
While we were able to keep our galleries, shop, and cafe open, we had to cancel our in-person events such as exhibition openings and First Sundays, our free locals’ day throughout the year. In a concerted effort to stay connected with our audience, we offered a wide array of online programming. Here are a few examples:
- Augmented outreach to educators about our online curricula, including Bisoncast, a free educational video series to meaningfully engage with our art collection
- “Gesture Art” online class taught by esteemed wildlife artist Kathryn Turner
- Online art history webinar featuring Anna Hyatt Huntington, taught by Robin Salmon, VP Art and Historical Collections/Curator of Sculpture · Brookgreen Gardens, and Sandy Scott, a well-known sculptor in her own right
- Museum volunteer monthly social hour via Zoom
As the world returns to normal, we look forward to gathering in-person once again. But we remain dedicated to growing our online audience to ensure that our programming and world-class collection are accessible to all. To support this forward momentum, we ask that you consider giving to our annual fund, helping us meet our mission to connect humanity with art and wildlife.
Thank you for your consideration.
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Header Image: Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822–1899), Chamois Mother and Baby, 1888. Oil on Canvas. 10 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches. Gift of the 2003 Collectors Circle, National Museum of Wildlife Art.