Massachusetts museums announce reopening plans

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP/WWLP) — Massachusetts museums are announcing reopening plans now that they are allowed to start welcoming visitors again under the third phase of the state’s coronavirus economic recovery plan.

The Springfield Museums, a complex of five museums including one dedicated to children’s author and city native Dr. Seuss, will welcome back members on July 9 and 10, and non-members starting July 13, according to its website.

Tickets for a specific visit time will be offered in advance on a first-come, first-served basis to prevent overcrowding.

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame tweeted on Friday that they will also reopen on July 8th. The Hall of Fame recently underwent a $20 million renovation.

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Three major museums in the Berkshires — the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Clark Art Institute — are scheduled to reopen some time during the weekend of July 11 and 12.

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem announced in a statement Friday that it will open its doors July 16 and 17 to members, patrons and some medical workers, then open to the public on July 18.

The museum will limit capacity with timed tickets, and is also enhancing cleaning and sanitizing measures.

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