Local and state museums in Richmond — including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Science Museum of Virginia and the Valentine — shut their doors in mid-March at the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
“We had no idea that two months later, we would still be closed. [The first day we closed,] I was at the museum around our normal opening time thinking to myself, ‘Two weeks. We can manage this,’” said Alex Nyerges, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Now, two months later, after some local museums have lost millions in revenue and suffered staff reductions, they are waiting to reopen to the public.
But when they do, it will be in a very different landscape and in a very different world.