Opening date moved to the fall for the Academy Museum

| December 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

NEW SIGNAGE was being installed last month at the Academy Museum at Wilshire and Fairfax.

If you’re anticipating a visit to see the Bruce the Shark exhibit from the movie “Jaws” hanging over the escalators at the new Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., you will have to wait a little while longer. The opening date has been pushed back to Sept. 30.

Originally scheduled to open last month, the opening was then moved to April 2021, before its latest move to the fall.

Construction and installation work continues, however. During the first weeks of December, shiny large “ACADEMY MUSEUM” letters were being installed adjoining the iconic gold mosaic “lipstick” design element at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave.

To prevent street closures, workers had access from a swing stage lowered from the top-floor Wilshire Terrace of the historic former May Co. building.

To date, finishing touches have been put on the museum’s exhibitions; the building has obtained LEED Gold certification; and a pre-opening fundraising campaign has been completed, Museum Director and President Bill Kramer said in a statement released last month.

“While we have been working diligently to welcome visitors in the spring, with rising COVID-19 infection rates, other museums remaining closed, and continued restrictions on public gatherings in Los Angeles, we have decided to push back our opening to Sept. 30, 2021 to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. There is just too much uncertainty to move forward with a spring opening right now.

“We know a new day is coming for us all, and when it does, the Academy Museum will be ready to offer our visitors the remarkable experience we have all been wanting.”


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