Art museum to open Tuesdays once more

March 22, 1994

After being closed on Tuesdays for more than two years due to budget cuts, the Baltimore Museum of Art will reopen Tuesdays beginning today and running at least through the end of the current fiscal year June 30. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

BMA director Arnold L. Lehman said yesterday the city would be funding the cost of the Tuesday opening, which involves added expenditures for security and custodial services, among others. He said the extra costs will have to be estimated after the first few weeks of Tuesday opening, but the total cost for the rest of the year will probably run in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The main reason for Tuesday openings, Mr. Lehman said, is a "backlog in city schools requesting museum visits and docent-led tours." The BMA can handle hundreds of schoolchildren each day, he said.

The BMA, which traditionally was open every day but Mondays, began closing Tuesdays in January 1992 in response to a $300,000 cutback in city funds.

Mr. Lehman said to stay open Tuesdays beyond June, the BMA will seek city funds for fiscal 1995 beyond the $2.9 million it received for 1994 toward a total budget of about $8 million.

For Tuesday school tours, call the BMA's education department at (410) 396-6320.

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