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McAllen, TX – The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is reopening to the public on Thursday, June 11, at the 25% limited capacity as recommended by DSHS and CDC with reduced admission and modified hours. Open areas of the museum will include the art galleries, Science On a Sphere (SOS) theater, McAllen Public Utility BioZone, outdoor areas, and Museum Shop.
“The IMAS staff has been working diligently on our reopening plan with measures in place to provide a safe and educational environment for visitors,” says Ann Fortescue, IMAS President and Executive Director. “Engaging with our audiences online for the past few months has given staff rewarding opportunities to learn and develop their skills as museum professionals. It’s been a delight for all of us to witness connecting with the community through virtual Toddler Tuesday storytimes, Workshop Wednesdays, peeks into our collection with Mineral Mondays and Folk Art Fridays, online exhibitions and social media sharing from the community with #IMASArtist. We’ll continue producing our online programming and content as welcome the community back into our museum.”
Active IMAS Members will continue to enjoy free admission. Visitors will be granted admission for $1 per person. Children ages 3 and under will continue to receive free admission.
Areas of closure include high-touch exhibits and spaces such as Seed to Table, Water Journey, DigiWall, the Ann Moore Art Studio, and ViewSpace.
Visitors will have several ways to reserve a ticket by entry time beforehand to plan their visit. Tickets can be purchased through the IMAS website or over the phone by entry time, available for every half hour. A face mask is required to enter the museum, hand-sanitizer stations will be available at doorways, and visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing during their visit.
IMAS Members are invited to a soft opening on Tuesday, June 9, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Tickets for this preview day are available online at www.theimasonline.org/welcome or by phone at (956) 681-2800.
The IMAS will be open to the general public starting on Thursday, June 11. Public hours are Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00-7:00 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00-7:00 p.m. The museum will be closed for cleaning on these days from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Phone operators will be at the museum between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on the weekends.
Dedicated hours for visitors include Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. which will be reserved for vistiors with sensory sensitivities or special needs. Wednesday mornings include reduced lights and sounds in some areas and a limited number of headphones and fidgets will be available. On Thursdays, the first hour, 9:00-10:00 a.m., will be reserved for immune compromised and older visitors without children. The general public hours begin on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
The IMAS will continue to produce online content for visitors. Online exhibitions, Mineral Mondays, Toddler Tuesdays, Workshop Wednesdays, Folk Art Fridays and virtual Operation Imagination Summer Camp are available through the IMAS website theimasonline.org/welcome and social media at fb.com/imasmcallen and @imasmuseum on Instagram.
All existing IMAS memberships that were active on March 20 when the IMAS began its temporary closure have automatically been extended by three (3) months beyond their original expiration date. All new IMAS memberships purchased since March 20 will begin their term once the IMAS reopens. All new memberships can begin taking advantage of our program discounts and free admission on June 11, 2020. Membership benefits such as discounts for online registration are valid during closure. Visit theimasonline.org/welcome to learn more, purchase a membership, or reserve a ticket for your visit.