Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is thrilled to announce the reopening date of Monday, June 8, 2020 at 9:00 am. The reopening of Meijer Gardens is made possible by the long standing generous support of the Meijer family, the willingness of members to continue to support Meijer Gardens, the dedication of volunteers and the loyalty and hard work of employee team members. “During this most difficult time, it has been a privilege for me to be in a position to see how so many kind, passionate and dedicated people from all walks of life have come together to unite and sustain Meijer Gardens,” said President & CEO David Hooker.
Like all cultural organizations, Meijer Gardens has suffered significant losses and it will take years of work to fully recover. At the same time, others have suffered far more. Some people have lost everything to COVID-19. Businesses are permanently closed due to the pandemic and violence. Many people are unemployed. Other extremely important cultural organizations in the core of Grand Rapids have had to deal with the pandemic and this past weekend with violence. “We stand with our friends in this unprecedented time and support them as we all seek to reopen and serve the public,” continued Hooker.
Meijer Gardens will be operating with new and enhanced safety procedures. There will be extensive signage and wayfinding icons to help people social distance. However, the most important part of complying with the rules and guidelines established by Federal and State authorities will be the voluntary compliance of guests. Meijer Gardens sincerely requests all guests comply for the safety and benefit of all.
The upcoming exhibition, George Segal: Body Language will open shortly. Because of the government orders, their highly skilled curatorial team has been prevented from entering the galleries to finalize the presentation of the show. This will be the first time that the artist’s sculptures will be presented side by side with an extensive selection of his two-dimensional works, including prints. The exhibition will open in approximately one week and will be an excellent and unique opportunity to explore how Segal uses body language to create art in different mediums.
Due to current social distancing and safety guidelines, certain areas within the main building and outside grounds will remain closed for the time being. For the most current information regarding enhanced safety procedures and a map showing areas that are temporarily closed, visit MeijerGardens.org/COVID
“Meijer Gardens first closed our doors to the public on Friday, March 13 due to the global pandemic. It has been an extremely long and painful three months without seeing our facility full of members and guests,” said Hooker. “We are looking forward to welcoming back guests beginning on Monday and can’t wait for people to once again experience our masterpieces of art and nature.”
Membership Extensions: In appreciation of their members and due to the three-month closure, Meijer Gardens is offering members who were active as of March 13 the opportunity to extend their membership free-of-charge. Membership extension information is available at MeijerGardens.org/membership. This one-time offer is good through June 30, 2020.
About Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park served 670,000 visitors in 2019 and was recently listed in the top 30 most visited museums in the United States by The Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news. The 158-acre main campus features Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest interactive children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois, Ai Weiwei and Jaume Plensa, among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with exhibitions by Ai Weiwei, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Mark di Suvero, Jonathan Borofsky, Alexander Calder, Jim Dine and others. In June 2015, the eight–acre Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened. Created by renowned designer Hoichi Kurisu, the garden features sculpture by Anish Kapoor, Jenny Holzer, David Nash, George Rickey, Masayuki Koorida, Zhang Huan, Guiseppe Penone, among others.