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The Cleveland Museum of Art Will Reopen on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18

exterior of the CMA building

Cleveland  – The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) will reopen to the public on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Going forward, the museum will be open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“I am delighted to welcome our community back to the Cleveland Museum of Art coinciding with this important day of celebration,” said William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “We will reopen with the modified hours that we enacted in June, reserved and timed ticketing and a wonderful slate of exhibitions including Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art, Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts and Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang, among others.”

“We remain committed to taking every necessary precaution to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff,” said Griswold. “No large groups will be permitted, and families will be encouraged to remain together during their visit.”

The museum is not planning any in-person events through the coming months or on its reopening day; however, a virtual special event, Martin Luther King Day: Becoming a Beloved Community, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on January 18. Poets will use Michelangelo Lovelace’s painting My Home Town (1998) as a departure point to explore King’s Beloved Community. Visit for more information.

The Transformer Station, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s sister contemporary art museum, located in the Ohio City neighborhood of downtown Cleveland, will also reopen Monday, January 18. For information about safety procedures, hours of operation, exhibitions and ticket reservations, visit

The museum was previously closed from mid-March through June 30. Prior to reopening, it established an internal task force and consulted with a board-certified epidemiologist and peer institutions across the country to establish coronavirus protocols and site-specific safety measures, which remain in place. The CMA will continue to monitor the situation and comply with all guidelines issued by state and local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

For more information about the museum’s safety procedures, please view the FAQ sheet on the museum’s website at

Visiting the CMA’s permanent collections is always FREE to the public. The museum will continue its practice of reservation-only timed tickets for entry. Reserve FREE entry tickets.

The museum’s hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays. The last ticket reservation for the day is at 4 p.m. There will be no new entries into the museum after 4:30 p.m.

Exhibitions On View

Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang through February 21, 2021
Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art through March 14, 2021
Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts through May 5, 2021
Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá through October 3, 2021

For those who wish to remain at home and visit the CMA virtually, a selection of high-level, digital-engagement offerings, for which the CMA is known worldwide, is available online. Home Is Where the Art Is offers an abundance of online resources and activities to enjoy the museum’s collections and includes a host of engaging programs and events.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Special Event
Martin Luther King Day: Becoming a Beloved Community
Monday, January 18, 6 p.m. EST, FREE

Special One-Night Screening with Curator Introduction and Live Q&A
The Couple in the Cage: Guatinaui Odyssey
Wednesday, January 27, 6 p.m. EST, FREE

Please visit and follow the museum on social media for the most up-to-date information.

Contact the Museum's Media Relations Team:
(216) 707-2261