“It is my deep belief that the gallery is a place for everyone and when we reopen we will ensure that the gallery continues to be a welcoming and inspiring place for the community,” NGV director Tony Ellwood said in a statement on Sunday night.
Victoria’s museums and art galleries will be closed indefinitely in an effort to contain the coronavirus and protect those most at risk.
The Arts Centre Melbourne, Geelong Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, Museums Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and State Library of Victoria will all be closed from Monday.
“In the meantime, we will do our best to offer the community access to the State NGV Collection virtually, much of which is available online, where our audiences can still benefit from one of the world’s best collections of art and design.”
Mr Ellwood said both NGV International and NGV Australia will reopen on April 13.
Museums Victoria earlier made the decision to temporarily close all its public sites, including Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building, effective immediately.
Chief executive Lynley Crosswell said the safety and wellbeing of the community, staff, visitors and volunteers was the organisation’s top priority.
“We are taking these steps as a public health precaution in support of measures to contain novel coronavirus, especially for those in our community who are most vulnerable,” she said in a statement posted online on Sunday.
“We are committed to providing support for our employees and volunteers and to protecting our community during these unprecedented and challenging times.”
A reopening date was not announced due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation.
There are now 57 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Victoria.
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