Snowstorm Shuts Art Museums in Northeast

Claude Monet, Haystacks (Effect of Snow and Sun), 1891, oil on canvas.


The snow is really coming down outside here in New York City, and not a few art organizations in the Northeast have closed their doors, or curtailed programs, as a result of this snowstorm on the second day of spring. If you are planning a museum or gallery outing, best to call ahead!

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., said that it will not open today, along with all Smithsonian museums in the area of the capital city. (The NGA shared the news on Twitter in classy fashion with a snow-swept Casper David Friedrich painting.)

In the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation will be shuttered today.

The Delaware Museum of Art in Wilmington? It’s closed. The Brandywine River Museum of Art in nearby Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania? Closed. The Baltimore Museum of Art? You guessed it: closed.

How about the New York area? The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers is closed because of the storm. So is the Newark Museum. And so is the Queens Museum. (“Hoping this is the last one of the season!,” its Twitter message read. Hear, hear!) MoMA PS1 and SculptureCenter are closed, too, but that’s because it’s Wednesday: they’re always closed on Wednesdays.

However, as this goes to press, the biggest New York art museums, like the Met and the Modern, have not made any indication that they will close at any point today. So if you start to get cabin fever, perhaps go see the new figurative sculpture show at the Met Breuer, and then treat yourself to a decadent bite at its Flora Bar.

If you are staying home, though, perhaps pull out that volume of John Richardson’s Picasso biography that you haven’t finished, or put on the new season of Jessica Jones, or make a nice warm hot toddy, heavy on the whiskey. You deserve it. It’s been a long winter. The end is in sight. Stay warm.

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