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The MAC in Spokane set to reopen Tuesday showing Pompeii exhibit

Museum director Wes Jessup says with new social distancing measures in place, the museum will be one of the safest places in town.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, or the MAC, is set to reopen Tuesday after a months-long closure due to COVID-19.

The museum is allowed to reopen after Gov. Jay Inslee added guidelines for museums and bowling alleys to Phases 2 and 3 of Washington's reopening plan. 

The MAC said the museum sector has been working with the Washington State Arts Commission since April on safety plans that would allow museums to reopen. The Arts Commission recently approached the governor's office to ask him to reconsider allowing museums to reopen, the release reads. 

"Many museums, like the MAC, are very spacious, allowing for generous social distancing inside exhibition galleries,” said MAC Executive Director Wes Jessup. "We feel that museums will be among the safest places to go during the pandemic.”

Now, tickets to the museum are available in specific time slots so the MAC can regulate how many people are inside at one time. The museum also has also made its current exhibit, Pompeii: The Immortal City, a touch-free experience. 

All employees and visitors are also required to wear masks inside the museum. The MAC also says it cleans surfaces "fastidiously" and regulates foot traffic. 

The museum's Pompeii exhibit has been extended until Sept. 13. The museum is open from Tuesday to Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 13. Timed tickets are available for purchase online only. Prices are as follows:

  • $15 for adults
  • $13 for seniors and college students 
  • $10 for ages 6-17

Members and children 5 and under are free. Special hours for seniors and those with underlying health conditions are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Campbell House and the Cafe MAC are closed at this time. 

Check out the MAC's new video to learn what you can expect when you visit the newly reopened museum.