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The Saint Louis Art Museum will close until February 1


The Saint Louis Art Museum announced Friday morning its closure until the end of January. A statement released by Barbara B. Taylor’s manager, Min Jung Kim, cited a wave of positive COVID cases among staff and their families, as well as the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, as the reason for the shutdown.

SLAM will close to the public at 5 p.m. on January 7 and plans to reopen on Tuesday February 1. During the closure, the museum plans to continue its virtual programming and, according to Kim’s statement, “explore ways to further strengthen the procedures that will allow [the museum] to open safely. Currently, the museum requires its employees to be vaccinated, and visitors and staff must wear masks.

Among the events affected by the closure is the last weekend Art along the rivers: a celebration of the bicentenary, which was scheduled to close on January 9. The exhibition will not be extended and previously purchased tickets will be refunded through MetroTix.

Information regarding the return of museum events, member programs and public tours will be announced later this month. The next main exhibition of SLAM, Paintings on stone: science and the sacred 1530-1800 is scheduled to open on February 20.