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UPDATE: ALL Major New York Museums Closed for Hurricane Irene

by Hrag Vartanian on August 26, 2011

Nicholas Poussin, “Winter” or “The Flood” (1660-64) (via galatea.univ-tlse2.fr)

As the storm approaches, here’s a helpful list of what New York-area museums will be closed for the big storm on Saturday and Sunday we are receiving word that almost ALL major New York museums will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. We highly advise people to not attempt to visit the city’s museums during this weekend’s hurricane.

If you need more info about evacuations and how to prepare, we recommend visit local news site Gothamist, which has been an excellent source of information on the evolving situation.

Regardless if the museums are open or not, this bit of news may hamper any plans:

https://twitter.com/#!/nytimes/statuses/107138753830731776

We will update this list as more information becomes available.

Manhattan Museums

 American Folk Art Museum says they don’t plan to close but they may. They said no one will be updating the website but the best way to check is by calling their phone number (212-595-9533).

 American Museum of Natural History has posted that they will be closed on Saturday and Sunday on their homepage.

 El Museo del Barrio told us via phone they have just decided they will be closed on Sunday. has posted on their website that they will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

 The Frick Collection has announced it will be closed on Saturday and Sunday:

https://twitter.com/#!/frickcollection/status/107173373234249730

 Guggenheim Museum has said that the museum on Fifth Avenue will be open on Sunday but the BMW Guggenheim Lab in the East Village will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. has announced on their website that they will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

 The Hispanic Society is announcing on their website that due to the weather they will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

 Jewish Museum‘s reception desk says there has been no decision yet but they will post a message if anything changes on their website and on their phone lines (212-423-3200) has announced on its website that it will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be closed Saturday and Sunday:

https://twitter.com/#!/metmuseum/statuses/107177217552941056

 The Museum of Modern Art will be closed Saturday and Sunday:

https://twitter.com/#!/MuseumModernArt/status/107190217353609217

 New Museum‘s information desk says there have been formal announcements but it is likely they will close. has announced on its website it will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

 The Whitney Museum is announcing on their homepage that they will be closed on Sunday, August 28. AND NOW SATURDAY, TOO!

 Rubin Museum of Art will be closed Saturday and Sunday:

https://twitter.com/#!/RubinMuseum/status/107176625057177600

Brooklyn/Queens/Bronx/Staten Island Museums

 Bronx Museum has announced that they will be closed on Sunday.

 Brooklyn Historical Society will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, according to their website.

 Brooklyn Museum will be closed. They tweeted:

https://twitter.com/#!/brooklynmuseum/statuses/107172189467455488

 Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art says no decision has been made yet, and they advise to call on Saturday. They did announce via email that Building 110 on Governors Island, where the opening event for the show The Truth Is I Am You was supposed to take place, will be closed on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 because of the impending hurricane.

 MoMA’s PS1, like the flagship museum in Manhattan, will be closed Saturday and Sunday, according to the MoMA website.

 Queens Museum have announced on their Facebook page that they will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

 The Staten Island Museum has announced it will be closed on Sunday. And the History Center & Archives (Snug Harbor Cultural Center) will be closed both Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.

Other Museums

 From the National Parks of New York Harbor:

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