The Louisiana Children’s announced plans to close indefinitely and shift its focus to virtual and offsite programs starting Aug. 17.
Museum officials say they made the “difficult decision” to postpone daily museum visits until “families are more confident about the health of the community,” according to a press release.
The decision to postpone daily visits comes just two months after the museum reopened during Phase Two.
“Closing for daily visits at this time is an extremely difficult, but necessary, business decision,” said Julia Bland, LCM CEO. “We have an obligation to our children, families, and the generous and engaged community who has supported LCM’s ambitious plans for our new home in New Orleans City Park. This short-term decision will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Louisiana Children’s Museum,” she added.
Louisiana Children’s Museum says it will instead explore opportunities for small group programs, camps, after school workshops and early childhood programs to be a resource for parents and caregivers facing an uncertain school year and juggling work and teaching duties at home.
“At this time, we must reimagine how to best support children and families and prepare for reopening when our city and country are healthier and more confident,” Bland said.
In addition, LCM will look for ways to support educators through professional development or programs that extend classroom learning.
“While our doors will be closed, LCM will remain active and engaged with our members and families,” Bland said. “We will find new, meaningful and innovative ways to deliver our mission in the weeks and months ahead as we count down the days until we can gather together, hug one another, and focus on creating joy for children and families within our Museum once again.”
All active LCM memberships will automatically be extended to account for the time the museum will be closed and to ensure that members receive the full 12-month value of membership.
The Louisiana Children’s Museum will remain open for play from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Sunday, Aug. 16. Advance, timed-tickets for LCM members and the general public are required and may be reserved at www.lcm.org/tickets.
“We hope our members and families will come and explore the museum’s exhibit galleries and beautiful and engaging outdoor play experiences as they prepare to settle into the upcoming school year,” Bland said.
Keep up with the Louisiana Children’s Museum and future announcements about small group programs, after school workshops, camps and virtual play and learning at www.lcm.org.