Press Release The Four Carnegie Museums Closing Due to COVID-19 Emergency
For immediate release
Friday, March 13, 2020
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh today announced that its four museums—Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum—will be closed to the public, effective Saturday, March 14. The museums will close for an initial period of 14 days as the institution continues to evaluate that timeframe as new information about the COVID-19 health emergency becomes available.
“We have made the decision out of concern for the health and well-being of our staff, our visitors, and the greater community we serve,” said Steven Knapp, President and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “In making this difficult decision, we join the many other cultural organizations, schools, universities, and businesses in the region in doing what is not natural for us—closing our doors—in order to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“We look forward to re-opening our doors and resuming our mission of educating and inspiring all who come to the Carnegie Museums for the incomparable experiences our collections and programs provide.”
The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.