Seats will go unoccupied at the New Vic for the remainder of the spring season. Photo courtesy of the venue
Seats will go unoccupied at the New Vic for the remainder of the spring season. Photo courtesy of the venue

NYC Coronavirus Closings: Broadway, NYPL, Museums, and More

Updated: Monday, March 16 at 7am

When Governor Andrew Cuomo took to the airwaves on Thursday afternoon to announce new bans on mass gatherings in the state, Broadway shows were one of the first New York City standbys to go dark, but in the past 24 hours, the closures have piled up. From the New York Public Library to myriad museums, cultural institutions, and indoor play spaces, the city is gearing up for a whole new way of life. Sunday night brought even more changes with Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing bars and cafes will be limited to take-out and delivery orders only, and that nightclubs, theaters, and small concert venues must close effective Tuesday, March 17 at 9am.

See our Coronavirus Guide for the latest on the virus, plus tons of options to keep families busy while the city faces these unprecedented shutdowns, and read on for details on the significant closures city-wide.


The Met was one of the first institutions to close. Photo courtesy of the museum

Museums and Cultural Institutions Closed Due to Coronavirus

9/11 Memorial and Museum: closed indefinitely
American Museum of Natural History: closed indefinitely
Bronx Museum: closed until further notice
Bronx Zoo: closed indefinitely
Brooklyn Children's Museum: closed until April 4
Brooklyn Museum: closed indefinitely
Central Park Zoo: closed indefinitely
Children's Museum of the Arts: closed indefinitely beginning March 14
Children's Museum of Manhattan: closed indefinitely beginning March 14
Cooper Hewitt: closed indefinitely beginning March 14
Folk Art Museum: closed through March 31
FIAF: closed through March 29
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: closed indefinitely
Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum: closed through March 27
Liberty Science Center: closed through March 31
The Jewish Museum: closed through March 27
The Met, Met Cloisters & Met Breuer: closed until further notice
Museum of Arts and Design: closed indefinitely
Museum of Chinese in America: closed through March 16
Museum of Modern Art: closed through March 31
Museum of the Moving Image: closed through March 29
The Morgan Library: closed through March 30
Museum of Math: closed until further notice
Museum of the City of New York: closed until further notice
National Museum of the American Indian: closed indefinitely beginning March 14
New Museum: closed indefinitely
New York Aquarium: closed indefinitely
New York Botanic Garden: closed until further notice
New-York Historical Society: closed through March 31
New York Hall of Science: closed through March 31
New York Transit Museum: closed until further notice
Prospect Park Zoo: closed indefinitely South Street Seaport Museum: closed at least through March 27
Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling: closed until further notice
Queens Museum: closed through March 20
Queens Zoo: closed indefinitely
The Rubin Museum: closed until March 31
The Whitney Museum of Modern Art: closed until further notice

Performing Arts Facilities Closed Due to Coronavirus

Alvin Ailey: performances canceled through April 5and classes suspended through March 30
BAM: live performances canceled through March 29
Atlantic Theater Company: closed indefinitely
Broadway theaters: all theaters closed until April 12
Carnegie Hall: closed through the end of March
Flushing Town Hall: closed through March 29
Gazillion Bubble Show: closed through April 1
La Mama: closed indefinitely
New Victory/New 42 Theaters: closed through June 14, the remainder of the spring season is canceled
New York City Children’s Theater: performances canceled through April 5
The Public Theater: closed through April 12
St. Ann's Warehouse: closed through March 27
Symphony Space: performances canceled through March 21


The New York Public Library closed all its branches. Photo by Jody Mercier

Public Libraries Closed Due to Coronavirus

Brooklyn Public Library: closed through March 31
New York Public Library: closed through at least March 31
Queens Public Library: closed indefinitely

Indoor Play Spaces Closed Due to Coronavirus

14th Street Y: closed for at least a week
Apple Seeds: closed until further notice, but putting some content online
CAMP Stores: closed indefinitely
Chelsea Piers: closed through at least March 31
City Owlets: closed indefinitely
Congregation Beth Elohim Tots Drop-in Center: closed for the season
Elliot's Gymnastics: closed for two days of cleaning
Extreme Kids and Crew: weekend events canceled; after-school closed through March 20
The Heimbold Family Playing & Learning Center: closed through March 21
Playday: closed indefinitely
RECESS Dumbo: closed March 14-15
Union Square Play: closed until further notice; will provide online content for at-home use

Drew Kristofik contributed additional reporting.

Editor's Note: This is a rapidly changing story, and we are doing our best to update it. If you have any news to share, please email us at nyc@mommypoppins.com

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