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Parkway Cultural Institutions' Short-Term Closure

PHILADELPHIA, March 13, 2020

The safety of our visitors, members, staff, and volunteers is paramount. In a proactive measure to protect against the spread of COVID-19, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have made the joint decision to temporarily close to the public and postpone or cancel public programming and events for a minimum of two weeks, effective at close of business today. 

There have not been any reported cases of infection or exposure at our respective institutions, but we believe it is important to follow the science and the best practices for social distancing as outlined by government agencies and the World Health Organization to ensure the well-being of our community. This is a time to unite in service to our community, and we will continue to work with Philadelphia and Pennsylvania health officials and one another to coordinate our efforts.

We look forward to welcoming the public back to our respective institutions soon. Additional information can be found on the websites listed below. 


Scott Cooper, President and CEO, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President, Barnes Foundation


Larry Dubinski, President and CEO, The Franklin Institute


Timothy Rub, George D. Widener, Director and CEO, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art