We are thrilled to welcome our members and visitors back to The Hyde Collection on May 1 after more than four long months of pause. This has been a historic period in our 58 years, and a small team of dedicated staff rose to meet the occasion, ensuring that our buildings and our art were well cared for. Also, we used this moment of pause to enhance our facilities, such as:
• Upgrades to HVAC and Electrical Systems
• Enhanced Security
• Refinished Hardwood Floors
• Refreshed Interiors with a Fresh Coat of Paint
Throughout this time of pause our team guarded our halls, monitored the collection, and protected the well-being of the art. Over the last several weeks the staff has worked to install new exhibitions and prepare for our increased safety measures. Thanks to these teams, the Museum is ready to reopen to the public.
In preparation for our reopening, The Hyde has adhered strictly to the guidelines set forth by the C.D.C., State, County and City and followed other public health best practices. This means that we have implemented several changes to protect the health of our visitors and our staff. Notably, we will require everyone to wear masks and maintain social distancing and we now feature enhanced cleaning protocols including closing down the Museum mid-day for a thorough cleaning of all high-touch surfaces. We are also implementing a timed-entry ticketing system to help us manage visitor flow into the Museum. You can learn more about what to expect during your visit on our Visit page.
While much has changed at The Hyde and in the rest of our lives, we hope you will find comfort in some of the things that have not changed: our world-class collection and wide-ranging exhibitions. We invite you back to the Museum to explore as there is always something new to uncover. And while we are planning several events for our members and community, safety and comfort remains our priority. All of our events will be of a hybrid nature, quite simply, a mix of live and virtual events so you can participate wherever you are.
When you return to The Hyde this summer, it will be impossible to miss the colossal new installation on our front lawn by sculptor John Van Alstine. The months of our closure have seen much suffering, but this striking sculpture is a testament to how important human connection is to our endurance. For nearly 60 years, individuals from around the world have come to The Hyde to connect with cultures and people from across time and place. Now more than ever, we know that art has the power to comfort and inspire us. We look forward to welcoming you back into our galleries to encounter the power of that experience in person once again.
Norman E. Dascher
Chief Executive Officer