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New York museums announce closures

12/03/2020View on timeline

On March 12, there were 1.264 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and 36 deaths. About 357 of those cases were in New York alone — the city was starting to become the epicenter of the pandemic in the country. 

On that day, major cultural institutions of New York announced temporary closures: among them were the Metropolitan Museum, the Solomon J. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Read the official statement by the Met Museum Director regarding the pandemic:

How to Stay Connected with The Met while We're Closed. The Met.

New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus. The New York Times.

Metropolitan Museum of Art to close due to coronavirus. CNBC.



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