2020 | Potomac

Glenstone Museum in Potomac closes indefinitely

Museum spokeswoman says goal is to slow spread of COVID-19 as cases rise

Glenstone, an art museum in Potomac, closed to the public on Sunday because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in Montgomery County.

File photo

Glenstone, an art museum in Potomac, has closed indefinitely due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County.

The last day visitors could come to the museum was Sunday, according to a press release.

Glenstone closed at the beginning of the pandemic in March. In July, the arrival hall and the pavilions reopened, and the patio reopened October, according to the press release.

Emily Grebenstein, a spokeswoman for Glenstone, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Friday that the museum staff decided on Thursday to close the museum to help slow the spread of the virus.

Grebenstein wrote that since reopening in July, the museum has never allowed capacity to exceed 25%, even when the county allowed indoor capacity to exceed that number.

Additionally, she wrote that the museum took other measures to ensure safety, such as restricting groups to five or fewer, staggering arrival times in 15-minute intervals and specifying certain pathways to one-way foot traffic.

In addition to the closure of the museum, Grebenstein wrote that Glenstone has postponed its first traveling exhibit to next year. The exhibit was a series of works by artist Faith Ringgold.

“The decision to postpone was made before this week’s closure announcement,” she wrote on Friday. “We have expanded our online offerings to include weekly staff shorts on Facebook as well as a weekly grounds ‘walk’ called ‘What’s Growing On?’ on Instagram.”

Grebenstein wrote that no reopening date for Glenstone has been determined yet.

“As always, the decision will be made with the safety and well-being of our visitors and associates top of mind,” she wrote.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com