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Health and Safety Regarding the COVID-19 Virus

The health and safety of museum visitors, staff, and volunteers are of utmost importance to us at The Butler Institute of American Art (The Butler). While The Butler is open to the public, exhibitions, activities and events remain under careful consideration and risk assessment during the COVID 19 pandemic. The Butler will continue to provide a low-contact environment with sufficient space for individual visitors to enjoy the art exhibits. Along with the entire American museum community, we are committed to following the recommendations and guidelines of the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, and the World Health Organization (WHO) in a proactive manner to continue to prevent the spread of the virus.


Our executive leadership team and special pandemic committee, headed by Ohio infectious disease specialist, Dr. Virginia Dee Banks, has been closely monitoring the pandemic situation and developing or adjusting procedures and protocols to ensure the health and safety of the museum’s staff and visitors. There are updates in The Butler’s pandemic health and safety protocol beginning on June 2, 2021:



Art classes continue to be postponed until further notice. Educational programs like our Good Neighbors art outreach program, and The Butler’s Summer Visual Art Day Camp have been converted to a virtual platform.


In-person programs and events will be considered individually and will resume in accordance with any current state or federal guidelenes or ordinances.


Updates will be released and posted to the public via news media, ButlerArt.com, and through Buter social media pages when available.




  • Temperature screenings are discontinued.
  •  The Butler recommends that visitors to the museum wear facemasks while inside the building, however, because the CDC and Ohio guidelines specifying that people who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear the mask, they are no longer mandatory.
  • Persons who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and socially distance themselves inside the museum. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to avoid Butler events of large gatherings inside the building.
  • The Butler will keep a regular, rigorous cleaning routine of the building
  • The Butler will continue to provide a work environment for staff that maintains safe social distance requirements when and where appropriate.
  • Staff, volunteers and visitors are required to practice good personal health habits and take every day preventative actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:
  1. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  2. Use sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  4. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  6. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  8. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  9. Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others if you are not fully vacciinated.


The Butler will continue proactively assessing the risk of our programs and events in accordance with mandatory government guidelines and ordinances to ensure public health and safety during this existing pandemic situation.

Our executive leadership team is closely monitoring the situation and will announce any further changes through our website, social media, and/or our phone system, as necessary. For updated information on the COVID-19 situation use the following links: