Photo of Bainbridge Island museums to reopen on Friday, September 4!

Bainbridge Island, WA - Bainbridge Island museums were thrilled to hear the announcement from Governor Jay Inslee’s office on revised guidelines for museums in Phase 2 and 3 of Washington State’s Safe Start reopening plan.

The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum (BIHM) and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) will reopen to the public on Friday, September 4 with the following hours respectively:

  • BIHM will open Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.
  • BIMA will open daily from 10am-5pm.

Both museums are following State safety guidelines, including required face coverings, limited capacity, one-way flow, regular sanitation, and removal of interactive elements. Any specific safety procedures for each organization are listed below.

Due to restrictions on interactive elements within museums, Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) will remain focused on their preschool program to support families in our community and expanded at-home STEM kits through their website to provide families with a KiDiMu experience at home. For more information, visit www.kidimu.org. They look forward to welcoming families through their doors at a point in the future when it is safe to do so.

ABOUT BAINBRIDGE ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM’S REOPENING
Beginning on Friday, September 4th, the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum will be open to the public with a limited schedule: Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. With a small staff and volunteers in the high-risk population, the museum is taking every precaution to reopen at a pace and capacity that is manageable given the current situation.

In order to abide by social distancing regulations and guidelines for museums, the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum will have a maximum capacity of 10 visitors with a maximum group size of 5 people. Their research library will remain closed to the public until Phase 4 of Washington State’s reopening plan.

How can you help? 

  • Stop by the museum to see what’s new!
  • Stay connected. Join the email list, follow on Facebook or Instagram, and regularly check the website news and updates. Already following? Share posts and stories with friends and family to help spread the word!
  • Consider contributing to the Museum. Making an online donation at www.bainbridgehistory.org is easy and will make an impact as the museum works to fulfill its mission this year.
  • Refer high school and college students to serve as volunteers. For more information, email BIHM’s Volunteer & Tour Coordinator at jordan@bainbridgehistory.org

ABOUT BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART’S REOPENING
After months of preparation, BIMA is excited to welcome the public back into the museum starting Friday, September 4, open daily from 10am-5pm. This reopening includes all galleries and the Museum Store. The BIMA Bistro will open at a later date.

Due to restrictions on events, BIMA has refocused many of its popular programs to virtual offerings. Check www.biartmuseum.org for more information on upcoming virtual events.

In addition to State safety requirements, BIMA has installed plexiglass barriers the reception, store, and bistro counters, and hospital-grade MERV13 air filters throughout the museum to capture bacteria and virus carriers traveling through the HVAC system

Current Exhibitions:

  • Fiber 2020. A group exhibition featuring over thirty-five artists exploring the diverse ways artists are working in fiber and textiles.
  • Peregrine O’Gormley: Old Tree. Peregrine O’Gormley’s first solo art museum exhibition showcasing various series of work—sculptures of wildlife in carved wood, bronze, stainless steel, and mixed media.
  • Anna Teiche: Fragments. Anna Teiche’s first solo art museum exhibition featuring works are inspired by her artistic residencies and travels in Iceland, Lithuania, and Hungary.
  • All Sorts (No Licorice!). This new rotation from the Collection of Cynthia Sears serves up an astonishing assortment of artist’s books.
  • Selections from the Permanent Art Collection. Small scale artworks are featured in BIMA’s second floor Garden Gallery. Included are works by Debbie Fecher-Gramstad, Denise Harris, and Paul Marioni.
  • Bainbridge Island Studio Tour Artists. BIMA features regional artists from the longstanding BI Studio Tour. This exhibition showcases the range of art and crafts—functional and decorative—representative from their annual summer and winter studio sales.

How can you help? 

  • Stop by the Museum to see these amazing exhibitions that have been waiting for you since March!
  • Join BIMA’s email list to stay up-to-date on new information and happenings around the Museum.

ABOUT KiDiMu’s DELAYED REOPENING
Despite their closed doors, KiDiMu continues to innovate, providing early learning experiences. KiDiMu is excited to welcome 3.5-5.5-year-olds for the 2020-2021 academic school year in their new preschool program! They look forward to providing an enriching exploration experience for our youngest community members and their families. Families supporting distance learning can join the list to pre-order subscription STEM kits for K-2 learning designed with no screen time.

How can you help? 

  • Stop by KiDiMu’s website, sign up for their newsletter list and follow on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date. Already following? Share with a friend!
  • Consider making a donation to KiDiMu to support its mission.
  • Join or renew as a member. All memberships will be extended through the closure due to COVID-19 and we look forward to welcoming back all of our members and guests as soon as it is safe to do so!
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Bainbridge Island Museum of Art inspires curiosity, wonder and understanding by connecting people with the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region. The art museum exhibits, interprets, preserves, collects, and promotes works of proven cultural value as well as new works by emerging artists and craftspeople. The art museum is open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. All COVID-19 precautions can be found at https://www.biartmuseum.org/reopening/. BIMA is located in beautiful downtown Bainbridge Island, at the corner of Hwy 305 and Winslow Way; just steps away from the ferry terminal, and with easy access via public transportation or by car from the Kitsap Peninsula.

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