Reopening for Jewish Heritage Museum

Visitors to the Museum of Jewish Heritage are first introduced to a major exhibition on the Auschwitz concentration camp with this German-made car that is like those used to transport Jews and other "undesirables" to death camps during the Holocaust. Photo: Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Jewish Heritage plans to reopen to the general public on Sept. 13, with reduced days and hours, the museum announced on Tuesday. The temporary exhibition, “Auschwitz, Not long ago, Not far away,” a major visitor draw for the museum before it was forced to close, will be extended until May 2, 2021. Many people had been left holding tickets for the show, Jack Kliger, the museum’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

“As people venture out again seeking educational experiences in safe public places, museums such as ours are uniquely qualified to welcome them back,” Kliger said.

Pending state and city approvals, the museum will be open at 25 percent of its previous capacity on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On off days, the public spaces will be deep cleaned, the museum said. Timed tickets can be purchased once the museum is authorized to open. Go here for more information on the museum’s safety and visitor guidelines.

In June, the museum laid off 40 percent of its employees. A spokesman said the institution will continue operating with its scaled-back workforce “and determine later on about hiring decisions.”