These days, the state’s COVID guidelines say that with some restrictions, we can visit bars, restaurants, stores, even zoos. But it’s been a month since Governor Abbott permitted limited reopenings for Texas museums – and the great majority remain closed. Why? And what’s happening with the museums that have reopened?
It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon, a prime time for visiting museums. At the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, the entrance door is locked. But there’s a paper sign. It says, for admission, twist the doorbell.
Almost immediately the door opens. “Welcome to the museum!” Scott Peck says and introduces himself as the MBA’s executive director.
It’s rare to be greeted personally by a museum’s director, but these are unusual times: I’m only the third visitor he’s had all day.