MSJE pushes back opening date to first quarter of 2021

With tourism non-existent and residents still sheltering in place due to restrictions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the board of directors of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE) have decided against opening the new museum’s doors in October, as they had been previously planned.

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience on Howard Avenue in New Orleans, (Photo courtesy MSJE)

“Due to delays in construction, interruptions in supply chains, restrictions on travel, and the many uncertainties that lay before us all, our board of directors has made the strategic decision to postpone our opening to the first quarter of 2021,” announced MSJE executive director Kenneth Hoffman in an email.

“This will ensure our staff and building partners ample time to work safely during through the coming months and give our out-of-town supporters the opportunity to visit the Museum when we open.”

When contacted by the CCJN, Hoffman did acknowledge the museum will be participating in Give NOLA Day tomorrow, June 2. He encouraged supporters to donate to the museum’s ongoing campaign.

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