With Seattle’s seashores and parks closed as wildfire smoke lingers within the sky, many Seattleites could also be looking for a well-ventilated exercise to do this week. And fortunately, there could also be a new indoor reprieve, as each the Museum of Pop Culture and Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will reopen this week.

Both museums will observe new safety protocols that embrace enhanced sanitation measures, limiting capability and requiring each friends and workers to put on face coverings. Timed ticket entry can even be mandated by each museums to implement social distancing, and any hands-on displays will stay closed for now.


Shuttered since March, MoPOP will reopen Friday, welcoming friends again with “Body of Work: Tattoo Culture,” an exhibit on the historical past of tattooing that was unveiled in February earlier than the shutdown.



Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the museum, which encapsulates a lot of Seattle’s music historical past, laid off 32 part-time and non permanent employees in August because of this of the pandemic.

The Burke Museum will reopen to members solely Friday and Saturday earlier than opening to most people Sept. 22. Renovated final 12 months, the museum can be showcasing displays on fossils and Native artwork of the Pacific Northwest.


The reopenings come after Gov. Jay Inslee issued new steerage for museums and bowling alleys on Aug. 20 that allowed museums in Phase 2 counties to reopen at 25% capability. Previously, museums weren’t supposed to open till Phase 3 of Washington’s Safe Start plan.

The Seattle Art Museum, National Nordic Museum and Museum of Flight in Tukwila all reopened to keen friends this previous month with restricted capability and timed ticket slots.


And for artwork lovers, there’s one other reopening to mark on the calendar: the Frye Art Museum in First Hill has introduced that it intends to reopen in October.

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