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Two of Chicago’s most iconic cultural institutions are set to close under Illinois’ new Tier 3 coronavirus mitigations.
The Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry will both temporarily close to the public this week after Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that the state will be under heightened restrictions requiring indoor museums and attractions to close in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The Museum of Science and Industry will close beginning Thursday, the institution said in a statement posted on social media.
“We were so excited to share the holidays with you, however we must do our part to ensure the spread of this disease does not get worse,” the statement reads.
“We will be working hard from home to bring you engaging science content through our website and social channels, and we have several free resources for you to explore,” the statement continued, highlighting free educational tools, activities and resources on the museum’s website.
MSI said anyone with tickets to the museum during the closure will be refunded automatically. It was not immediately clear when the museum planned to reopen.
The Field Museum will be closed Friday through at least Dec. 4.
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