SAVANNAH, GA – June 16, 2020 – The Savannah African Art Museum (SAAM) is excited to begin welcoming back visitors on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The museum will open for its normal business hours of 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. SAAM temporarily ceased tours in March due to COVID-19 state mandates and closures. As they reopen, the museum’s staff will adhere to specific sanitary measures and guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors, volunteers and employees.
As docents guide patrons through SAAM’s collection of African art and cultural artifacts, they will limit tour groups to 5, and no more than 10 visitors will be in the building at any given time. There will be distinct entrances and exits so that there is no intersection between the tour groups. Masks will be required by all patrons; tour guides will wear clear shields to keep their faces covered while ensuring their voices aren’t muffled. The museum will sell glove and mask kits for $1. Surfaces will be sanitized frequently, and hand sanitizer stations will be available.
The reopening comes at an opportune time as museum visitors can still see the music exhibit, which is concludes late this summer. The exhibit, which is geared toward children, features authentic African instruments, such as drums, maracas and a xylophone. Young visitors are encouraged to try out the instruments and learn more about making African music.
“We’re looking forward to once again sharing our collection with the community of Savannah and beyond. We’ve implemented important precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy while they enjoy our exhibits, so we welcome new friends and visitors, longtime supporters and anyone who’s curious about our galleries to come an experience all we have to offer,” said Billie Stultz, SAAM’s founding executive director and chief curator.
Savannah African Art museum is a non-profit institution devoted to spreading awareness and appreciation of African culture. They hold a collection of over 1,000 objects that hail from West and Central Africa. The museum’s collection spans over 28 countries and represents over 180 cultures.
To learn more about the museum, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org and follow SAAM on social media – including Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest – using the handle @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.
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