Frost Art Museum Reopens Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Artwork on display, Frost Art Museum Third Floor. (Courtesy of Guido Gonzalez)

Guido Gonzalez / Assistant Entertainment Director. 

Faculty, staff and students can enjoy the latest collection of artworks at the re-opened Frost Art Museum so long as safety precautions and guidelines are followed.

Starting Sept. 26, the museum will be featuring an exhibit focusing on women and politics, titled “House to House.” Other exhibits featuring aboriginal artwork, photography and geometric paintings will also be on display. 

In order to visit, the museum will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to the FIU community, and Fridays and Saturdays at the same time for Museum members and the general public.

Photographs on display at the “Otros Lados” exhibit. (Courtesy of Guido Gonzalez)

Upon entry, visitors will have their temperatures checked and then have to present their Panther One Cards at the front desk. 

If the body temperature is higher than 100.4 degrees, visitors will be asked to return at a later time.

Students, faculty and staff are able to make walk-in visits so long as the museum isn’t at maximum capacity. 

However, members and visitors who aren’t part of the FIU community must fill out an online reservation form at and schedule an appointment 48 hours in advance.

Once inside, visitors will need to follow all safety precautions and guidelines. 

Face masks must be worn, social distancing must be practiced, children must be accompanied by an adult and groups larger than six will not be permitted inside.

Manager of Administrative Services, Justin Grimling, ensures that like all FIU facilities, Frost is taking every precaution seriously. 

“Everyday, the FIU facilities team comes by the museum and cleans it,” Grimling said, “we also have basically eliminated touch points that the visitors have to use, such as IPads.”

Similar precautions are also being taken with the artwork on display. 

Australian Aboriginal Art from the second floor’s “Inside World” exhibition. (Courtesy of Guido Gonzalez0

“We make sure to clean everything else the same way,” Grimling said, “the artwork is sensitive, so we don’t use harsh cleaning chemicals on it, but we make sure that no one touches the artwork.”

Visitors are also not allowed to carry any large bags inside the galleries and will be asked to leave them behind in unsupervised cubbies. 

Due to social distancing, physical tours will not be offered for the fall 2020 semester. However, 360-degree virtual tours are still available and can be requested online.

Sections including Vicky’s Café and the Kenan-Flagler Children’s discovery gallery will remain closed.

Water fountains across the museum will be shut down and inaccessible, water bottles can be permitted as long as they’re inside a small bag or in purses.

 No other beverages may be permitted.

Visitors are encouraged to use the stairs for access and elevators will have a maximum capacity of one person per use.

For more information regarding availability, guidelines and hours, visit the Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum website

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