Due to the coronavirus, the Newport Art Museum temporarily closed its doors to the public on March 16. After four months of not being able to share our inspirational art and architecture, we’re absolutely thrilled to welcome visitors back to our galleries and grounds! All state required guidelines are in place to ensure a safe and welcoming environment.
Planning ahead for your Museum visit
Welcome Back! We hope you enjoy our new and continuing exhibitions, beautiful campus, and historic buildings. Art offers a wonderful respite from the daily stress and anxiety we are experiencing at this time. Please take note of our new safety guidelines before arriving. Thank you!
YOUR SAFETY IS #1
The Museum will follow all state guidance on cleaning, screening employees and visitors for COVID-19 symptoms, mask-wearing, social distancing, posting appropriate signage, group size limits, and all other mandated health and safety protocols.
COVID-19 SYMPTOM SCREENING
Upon entering, you will be asked if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID– 19. (If you exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to anyone with symptoms, we will ask that you please visit the Museum at a later date.)
Thank you for wearing a face mask throughout your visit.
SOCIAL DISTANCING & SIGNAGE
Thank you for for adhering to our social distancing regulations and reading our informational signage.
Thank you for washing your hands with soap and hot water in our restrooms and using hand sanitizer, which is available at Museum entrances.
Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am til 4 pm, Thursdays until 7 pm beginning July 9, and Sundays from 12 til 5 pm. The Museum will be open Thursday, July 2 from 10 am – 4 pm and will be closed Friday – Sunday, July 3 – 5, in observance of Independence Day.
Capacity is limited to one (1) customer per 100 square feet in common areas. Thank you for maintaining social distancing, and observing our gallery capacity restrictions.
What we've been up to
We accomplished a great deal during our brief hiatus and have many to thank. First and foremost, the few Museum staff members who worked throughout our temporary closure are to be commended. In great part, it is the result of their efforts that so much was achieved.
A major technology upgrade, expedited operating fund grants, and a fund development assessment were made possible through generous foundation support. We recognize and thank the Champlin Foundation, Hartfield Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, and van Beuren Charitable Foundation for their generous project and operating contributions. We also thank the Felicia Fund for donating to a future capital improvement project and the EJMP Fund for Philanthropy and several individual donors for supporting our inaugural Artist-in-Residence program, postponed from June to September 2020.
The CARES Act and participation of our state’s agencies resulted in additional unexpected operating support. We sincerely thank Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities for their operating grants and continued advocacy.
We secured a Paycheck Protection Program grant/loan thanks to the participation of BankNewport. This important assistance has allowed us to bring our entire Museum staff back to work.
The support of our Museum trustees, members, donors, and many artists continued throughout our closure. We appreciate those who have renewed and increased their membership giving. We thank those who have recently contributed to our alternative gala Artists’ Ball fundraiser, Gala at Home. And we especially thank the artists who have continued to make exceptional work and continue to graciously support our Museum in numerous ways.
Now On View
Our curatorial staff has installed two new exhibitions, Complex Terrain(s) and Private Moments: Photographs from Another Era by Bob Colacello, and we’ve extended paperwork: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection and Somaflora: Recent Work by Maggie Nowinski.
It’s more important than ever that we amplify our collective voices, provoke dialogue, and bring our communities together. The arts are uniquely qualified to make this happen. And the Newport Art Museum is dedicated to this effort. After all, it’s our mission to do so: “champion a provocative diversity of creative voices and experiences within a historic Newport setting, thus sparking reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connection to ourselves, our community, and our world.”