COVID-19 Updates from The Westmoreland

After a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is now open to the public with new operating hours of 10am-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday, and new safety policies and procedures, which are listed below.  Please note that the first hour of each day, from 10-11am, will be reserved for high-risk individuals.

Advance online registration for Museum admission is now required. Museum admission remains free.


 

Welcome Back to The Westmoreland

We can’t wait to see you in person again, from 6 feet away that is! Wondering what to expect when you visit The Westmoreland? Watch the video to see what your Museum experience will look like!

 

NEW Policies and Procedures to Ensure the Safety of  Visitors and Staff

The health, safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is always the highest priority of The Westmoreland, and we are committed to responding as quickly as possible to guidance and new information about COVID-19 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health and Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety. Prevention of potential exposure is the primary objective in implementing the new safety policies and procedures listed below as well as other measures for our public reopening.

We appreciate your cooperation in following the new safety policies and procedures when visiting the Museum. Due to the fluidness of circumstances and guidance related to COVID-19, please note that these policies and procedures may need to be revised or adapted, so we ask that you recheck this page on the day of your visit.

NEW Policies to Ensure Your Safety

  • Masks or face coverings, which cover both one’s mouth and nose, are required for entry to the Museum and must be worn at all times by Museum visitors and staff.*
  • Advance online registration is required for visiting the Museum; this includes the first hour of admission, which is reserved for high-risk individuals.
  • Visitors, not in the same party, and staff must stay at least 6 feet apart from others when moving throughout the Museum.
  • Visitors and staff are reminded to follow recommendations for proper hand washing, which are posted in the restrooms.
  • Water fountains will not be in use. Complimentary disposable bottles of water will be available in the Museum Shop. Please dispose of these bottles in the recycling receptacles provided.
  • The Museum’s Café Marchand will not be open at this time.
  • Visitors should leave all non-essential items in their vehicle or at home before entering the Museum. Storage lockers will not be available. If bringing a backpack, it must be worn on the front of one’s body to prevent potential damage of artwork. Please no bags or backpacks larger than 16” x 18”.
  • If one is sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please follow quarantining guidance, and therefore please do not plan a visit to The Westmoreland until you have been symptom-free for at least 14 days.

Additional Ways We Are Supporting a Safe Space

  • Daily cleaning and sanitizing of the Museum, including continual cleaning of high touch areas throughout the day.
  • Access to hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum.
  • Addition of floor markers in key areas with reminders about maintaining proper social distancing of six feet.
  • Addition of Plexiglas barriers at the Lobby Welcome Desk and Museum Shop register.
  • Limits on the number of people allowed in gallery spaces and all other areas of the Museum.
  • To minimize contact with high-touch surfaces, The Westmoreland has temporarily eliminated hands-on art activities and therefore closed the Center for Creative Connections.

*If you or a member of your party has a medical condition that prohibits wearing a mask or face covering, please do not complete your registration online. Instead, please schedule your visit by calling 724-837-1500 x116 during our new operating hours of 10am – 5pm (Wednesday-Sunday), beginning on Wednesday, August 5.

The Museum has a limited supply of disposable masks for visitors who arrive without their own mask or face covering.

If you have any questions, please email info@thewestmoreland.org, and for information on ways to connect with the Museum through fun and engaging virtual experiences from your home, please click here.

Last Updated 10/28/20