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The de Young Museum Reopens Next Week!

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Who else has been missing museums during the COVID-19 pandemic? As California eases up on restrictions, museums are starting to re-open and the first big one in the Bay Area is San Francisco's de Young museum. The de Young will open to members only next week starting Tuesday, September 22 and to all visitors on Friday, September 25.

Of course COVID-19 health and safety precautions are in place. To ensure social distancing, the museum will operate at 25% capacity and tickets will be issued on a timed basis. Advance tickets are highly recommended, but a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on-site. Space where social distancing cannot be guaranteed, like the the Hamon Tower observation level and the de Youngsters Studio, will remain closed. Cleaning routines have been increased, and sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum. Learn more about safety guidelines on their website.

The museum will reopen with two special exhibitions: Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving and Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving offers unique insight into Frida Kahlo's life through a treasure trove of clothes and personal items found in her home, La Casa Azul, upon her death, as well as paintings and photography. Uncanny Valley explores the increasing human dependence on artificial intelligence and will reopen in an expanded version with additional works of art. Of course visitors can of also visit the de Young's permanent collections of American art and arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

The de Young's sister museum, the Legion of Honor, will reopen in mid-October. All these plans are of course subject to change if the COVID-19 situation changes in San Francisco.

Order advance tickets online at General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+, $6 for students with valid ID, and free for youth and children 17 and under. Admission to Uncanny Valley is included with general admission. General admission is free for all Bay Area residents every Saturday starting September 26. Admission to Frida Kahlo is $35 adults, $32 seniors, and $26 for students, and $20 for youth ages 6–17.

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