La. Children’s Museum to Postpone Visits Beginning Aug. 17

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A staffer disinfects an exhibit at the Louisiana Children's Museum in City Park. (Photo from Facebook)

NEW ORLEANS – Starting Aug. 17, the Louisiana Children’s Museum will be postponing daily museum visits until families are more confident about the health of the community. Administrators of the 34-year-old facility, which moved into its new City Park home in 2019, said they will focus on virtual and offsite programs instead.

“Closing for daily visits at this time is an extremely difficult, but necessary, business decision,” said Julia Bland, the museum’s CEO. “We have an obligation to our children, families, and the generous and engaged community who has supported LCM’s ambitious plans for our new home in New Orleans City Park. This short-term decision will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Louisiana Children’s Museum.”

Now through Aug. 16, the LCM will be open for play from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Advance tickets for LCM members and the general public are required and may be reserved at www.lcm.org/tickets.

“We hope our members and families will come and explore the museum’s exhibit galleries and beautiful and engaging outdoor play experiences as they prepare to settle into the upcoming school year,” said Bland.

The decision to postpone daily visits comes just two months after reopening the museum with expanded health and safety measures, “reserved timed entry” for both LCM members and guests, and admission limited to 50% of the museum’s capacity in compliance with the state and city’s phase 2 guidelines for reopening.

“While families who have returned to play since our reopening in mid-June have expressed their confidence and appreciation for the extensive health and safety protocols we have in place,  many families are not quite ready to venture out in the numbers we need to deliver a quality experience and support our daily operation,” said Bland. “At this time, we must reimagine how to best support children and families and prepare for reopening when our city and country are healthier and more confident.”

Louisiana Children’s Museum administrators will explore the interest and opportunities for small group programs, camps, after-school workshops, and early childhood programs to be a resource for parents and caregivers who are facing an uncertain school year and juggling the demands of trying to teach their children, work from home, and parent under one roof.  In addition, LCM will look for ways to support educators through professional development or programs that extend classroom learning.

All active LCM memberships will automatically be extended to account for the time the museum will be closed and to ensure that members receive the full 12-month value of membership.

“While our doors will be closed, LCM will remain active and engaged with our members and families,” added Bland. “We will find new, meaningful and innovative ways to deliver our mission in the weeks and months ahead as we count down the days until we can gather together, hug one another, and focus on creating joy for children and families within our Museum once again.”

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