Fresno Art Museum postpones general opening to Saturday, Aug. 14

The Fresno Art Museum, which opened to members last weekend after many months of being closed due to the pandemic, had planned to open to members of the general public today (Wednesday, Aug. 11).

That opening has been delayed until Saturday due to an emergency equipment failure.

“The air handler motor died and the galleries were extremely hot,” said Michele Ellis Pracy. “The city is working to complete the repair by Friday.”

Besides having to deal with the pandemic, the museum has had its fair share of equipment and mechanical issues over the past months. Disruptions in the supply chain have meant that needed parts have been delayed.

The museum is offering reduced admission when it reopens to the general public because some of the galleries remain closed due to improvements to the lighting system. Admission will be $5 for adults and $2 for children (ages 5 to 17).


The grand reopening on Aug. 7 went very well, Ellis Pracy said.

“We had steady and healthy traffic both days, and the museum store did a bang-up business,” she said. “We were very happy.”

You can read my story here about the museum’s reopening and current exhibitions.

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

Comments (2)

  • Jackie Ryle

    Thank you, Donald. Always appreciate being kept up to date. One note: the click button for the rest of your story jumps to just exhibit information and no addition to your story


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