In a world where timed reservations are a thing, all you have to do to enjoy an afternoon of art is hop on the website for Krannert Art Museum and book a slot ahead of time
Champaign-Urbana area families will enjoy strolling through the galleries and taking in the art that fills the Krannert Art Museum, which has reopened to visitors and put COVID-19 guidelines in place
As the months continue to click on, every single community staple that announces it is reopening to Champaign-Urbana families gives us reason to celebrate. So when Krannert Art Museum announced it would be opening in February 2021 with timed reservations to manage the number of people in the museum at a time, we were thrilled. We hopped online, made a reservation and headed over to campus for a peacefully delightful stroll through the many galleries at KAM.
Schedule Ahead of Time
You’re going to want to head to the Krannert Art Museum website and use the Eventbrite form as you begin to plan your visit. Make sure to include the number of people in your family so they can keep track of how many slots your family will need. Timed reservations work in such a way that arrivals to the museum are staggered in blocks of time. Our experience was not one where we were ushered out promptly at the one-hour mark in any way, so this is simply a method to manage the number of people in the building.
We entered the museum and were promptly greeted by a Krannert Art Museum staff member. She asked if we had a reservation and then gave us a clipboard to fill out with some basic contact info (in case it were to be needed for contact tracing). Then we were free to roam the museum. Face masks are required for your entire visit.
Enjoying the Museum
An art museum is a great place to visit during COVID-19 because your children cannot touch the art under any circumstances (not just during COVID). Now, we did see some signs that said “touch screens have been disabled” and there were no kid-friendly, hands-on areas in the museum set up for kids to gather and linger.
Large, clear signs were also placed around the museum at entries to the galleries saying the limit of how many people could be in the room at one time. In some areas, our family of four comprised half the maximum for that particular room.We never felt like the museum was “crowded” and it was very, very easy to keep a physical distance of greater than six feet between our family and others.
This was the first visit to Krannert Art Museum our kids could remember and they enjoyed it for what it was. If you have never taken your children to an art museum before, it is a good experience to introduce them to; its quieter, slower pace contrasts to the loud hustle and bustle of the typical children’s museum.
Krannert Art Museum is a fantastic community asset. Huge thanks to the team that made the decision to reopen safely in 2021.
And while you’re there, be sure to check out our favorite places to eat in Campustown, too!