Zacatecas, Zac. This Friday, three of the nine public art museums in the city of Zacatecas were reopened to the public: the Manuel Felguérez, the Zacatecano Museum and El Universo de Pedro Coronel. They are in operation again, under strict sanitary measures and with a controlled quota of only 30 percent of their capacity.
In an interview with The Day Regarding this reopening, Alfonso Vázquez Sosa, head of the “Ramón López Velarde” Zacatecano Institute of Culture, reported that, in addition, in agreement with the National Institute of Anthropology and History, this Sunday the Vice-Royal Art Museum of Guadalupe will also reopen. It includes one of the three most important art galleries in the country.
All visitors to the three reopened museums are subject to the strict sanitary protocol, consisting of taking body temperature, the mandatory use of face masks throughout the tour, the use of antibacterial gel, maintaining a healthy distance, respecting the spaces in the routes, as well as the entrances and exits indicated in the enclosures.
Likewise, in this first stage of reopening, access is not allowed to persons under 12 years of age, nor over 60 years of age, and group visits are prohibited. In addition, the hours of operation are restricted, from eleven in the morning to three in the afternoon.
This is a first attempt, to reopen all of our museums. For now we start with three of them. The open areas in these museums will be partial, Alfonso Vázquez Sosa informed The Day.
At the Felguérez Museum, he said, only the two temporary exhibition halls will open. In the case of the Zacatecano Museum, six rooms will be open to the public, of which three are temporary and three permanent, including the one considered iconic of this place: the exhibition of Art of the Wixárica Culture (Huicholes).
Meanwhile, the Museo El Universo de Pedro Coronel will open the rooms of Hindu art, as well as the first patio where the sculptures of Pedro Coronel are located.
The reopening of the museums in Zacatecas, although partial, is a contribution to the mental health of society, in times of crisis in society, explained Alfonso Vázquez Sosa.
“The mind needs to have more things to dedicate to, not only to think that there are problems, that there is a risk, that there are deaths. And well there are, but there are also other things. This also allows that there are alternatives of healthy recreation and knowledge of the cultural environment ”.
If conditions permit, in a few more weeks, the other six museums operated by the Zacatecano Institute of Culture could be opened to the public: Francisco Goitia, Rafael Coronel, Toma de Zacatecas, Aréchiga, Manuel M. Ponce and Antonio Aguilar.