The Branch is Reopening to the Public!
Friday, July 17th
We are happy to announce that we will be open to the public starting Friday, July 17th . We will be following social distancing guidelines and all protocols for a safe experience for our visitors.
To facilitate social distancing, we will be using a timed ticket process and selling tickets in advance. We recommend using the advance ticket process, so that you will be able to enter at your desired time. If you cannot use this process, immediate entry tickets will be available at the front desk, but only up to the limits of our social distancing guidelines.
Advance Tickets and Timed Tickets
Purchase your admission tickets to the Branch in advance and avoid paying in person. With an advance ticket you can be certain you’ll be able to visit the Branch at the time and date of your choice.
For advance tickets, follow this link to our Eventbrite page.
VISITORS & STAFF
- Facemasks will be required of visitors, staff and volunteers (as required by the Governor’s Executive Order), with exceptions for young children
- Capacity will be reduced to provide guests space to socially distance. In some cases, pre-registration/timed tickets may be required
- Contactless payment and use of credit/debit card for purchases will be strongly encouraged
- Social distancing will be required, and may be encouraged with barriers, designated walk routes and additional signage
- Hand sanitizer and similar options will be available across institutions
PROGRAMS & EXPERIENCES
- The Branch is currently exploring new options for programming through online webinars, check back on our website where we will post details as they become available
- Alterations or adaptations to hands-on exhibits and experiences will be made to reduce interactions with high-touch surfaces
- Cleaning protocols will be expanded, especially in restrooms and high-touch areas
- Each site will clearly post their institution-specific guidelines and protocols on their websites, on social media and onsite
Guidelines prepared in collaboration with:
Agecroft Hall and Gardens | The American Civil War Museum | The Black History Museum And Cultural Center of Virginia | The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design | Children’s Museum of Richmond | Henricus Historical Park | John Marshall House | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | The Library of Virginia | Maymont | The Poe Museum | Preservation Virginia | St. John’s Church Foundation | Science Museum of Virginia | The Valentine | The Virginia Holocaust Museum | The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | The Virginia Museum of History and Culture | The Wilton House Museum
UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS
Listening Theatres: The Sounds of Iconic Landscapes and Architectural Spaces
JULY 17 – SEPTEMBER 13
Many architects consider the aural qualities of their created spaces in terms of acoustics. This exhibition explores how listening to these created spaces can inspire creativity, imagination and discovery of the surrounding world. Karen Van Lengen and Jim Welty have created a series of animated soundscapes that portray visual representations of iconic architectural spaces.
VA Made: Meditation Across Media
JULY 17 – SEPTEMBER 13
VA Made: Meditation Across Media is an exhibition bringing together various artists and various forms of art. At one time, artists were learned in diverse materials and techniques. Today, artists are encouraged to narrow their focus and specialize in a specific art form. VA Made is an exhibition intended to consider the broader view of formats available to the artist. Art forms from large to small, from functional and representational will be exhibited in tandem with one another to explore the relationships between media and subject matter.
Cub Creek: Twenty Years Together
JULY 17 – SEPTEMBER 13
Cub Creek: Twenty Years Together highlights the diverse work of residents and founding members and heighten awareness of the only residency program exclusively for the ceramic arts in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Cub Creek hosts numerous workshops and educational events, and residents prepare and execute regional outreach experiences for local schools and youth groups. In addition, Cub Creek brings internationally recognized artists together annually for a demonstration workshop to share methods and ideas. Regional university students and professional artists are invited to participate.
Work by Shasta Krueger
Ody the Outsider is still standing tall out front in the courtyard – come by to see him!
Statement from The Branch Board of Trustees
June 16, 2020
The Board of Directors of The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design stands with all who are demanding an end to end racism and its covert, systemic and explicit practices in our society. The killing of black men and women across our nation represents a tipping point that has laid bare the persistent and pernicious racism holding our country back from attaining a more enlightened and inclusive society. We at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design join in sympathy with the victims of violence and their families, and we share the outrage of our community which has resulted in the peaceful protests across Richmond, the United States, and the world.
In our expression of grief and support for the black community, we recognize the impediment that the Confederate monuments represent in the path toward a better society. We understand how they glorify the values of the Confederacy and celebrate the institutionalization of racism in our country during the Jim Crow era.
The symbols of our racist heritage, the Confederate statues, must be removed, so that we can march forward to an equal and just community
We at The Branch believe this will result in a better understanding of, and reconciliation with, our past. As a public institution and proponent of good design, we are optimistic that the catharsis of removal will lead to an opportunity for beneficial change. The Branch looks to the future and plans to take a role in guiding that change toward a better ideological and built environment which supports the quest for an improved society united for the public good.
Together we can begin a dialogue to correct past and current injustices. We will work with others to create new symbols celebrating our determination to treat all peoples equally. May these new symbols inform following generations of our resolve, so that they, too, will be steadfast in promoting fair and equal treatment for all.