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‘Smooth transition’: Albuquerque Museum staff confident about changes as reopening nears

The Albuquerque Museum will reopen to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

For nearly six months, the Albuquerque Museum has been closed to the public.

That will change on Tuesday, Sept. 15, when the museum will open its doors.

Of course, there will be limited capacity, to abide by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order.

“Obviously, we’re excited,” says Andrew Connors, museum director. “It’s something we’ve been gearing up for six months. We’re going to be able to provide our resources in person again.”

And the news continues to get better.

During the closure, Connors says, the museum amped up its online programming.

One of the runaway hits was the online exhibit “Trinity: Reflections on the Bomb.”

The exhibit offers an aesthetic dimension to scientific and historic exhibitions offered by other New Mexico institutions. The show collects a galaxy of perspectives, ranging from environmental damage to the use of radiation in cancer treatment, incorporating the impact on the downwinders who lived near the site, as well as the Native people who worked in uranium mines.

“With our Trinity exhibit, we have reached audiences in Japan that we would have never reached,” Connors says. “It’s pretty wonderful to bring our exhibits to the world.”

In the past week, preparations ramped up at the museum, as the staff awaits the public.

There will be some changes.

Visitors will have to purchase tickets in advance at holdmyticket.com. The tickets will be sold in hourly blocks.

“We are able to let in 120 visitors every hour,” Connors says. “This isn’t close to the 25% percent capacity of the whole museum. This will let visitors pick their time to come in and then stay and see the exhibits.”

Connors says some of the interactive portions of exhibits have been taken out and there won’t be any touchscreens.

“Copies of the exhibition catalogs won’t be available,” Connors says. “These were all very simple moves to accommodate the health order and keep visitors safe.”

Connors says the museum staff has watched what other museums and other city entities have been doing to keep reopening safe.

“We’re starting to get a rhythm going again,” Connors says. “We’ve learned how online, and timed ticketing has worked from the ABQ BioPark. It will be a smooth transition.”

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