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Archive for Sunday, September 16, 2001

Museums open doors as sanctuaries to public

September 16, 2001

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— Some of New York's best-known art museums and galleries have offered themselves as havens to the public free of charge after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

"We offer sanctuaries of respite and contemplation that we hope can provide some comfort to the people of New York City during this very sad and difficult time," said an open letter signed by the directors of 11 museums.

"Many of our museums will be open free of charge to all visitors during this trying time," it said.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, both of which are open to the public on a pay-what-you-wish basis, did not add their names to the list because of security concerns, a spokesman for the Met said.

The Met was conducting a special concert series from noon to 1 p.m. each day called "Sounds of Solace: Music for Reflection, Inspiration and Hope."

The participating museums: Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Whitney Museum of American Art, Frick Collection, Jewish Museum, Morgan Library, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Dia Center for the Arts, International Center of Photography, Asia Society and Museum, Japan Society Gallery.

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