By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Aug 03, 2020 at 8:55 AM

The Milwaukee Public Museum announced Monday that it will reopen to the public on Friday, Aug. 21.

Museum members and donors will be able to visit beginning on Aug. 13.

"We’re excited to welcome people back to the Museum," said MPM President and CEO Dr. Ellen Censky in a statement.

"Though visits in this first phase of reopening may look a little different, we are excited to offer new and unique ways to safely connect our visitors to nature and culture."

Masks will be required during the first phase of the reopening, and visitors will be expected to follow a one-way path through the museum.

Admission will be via timed tickets to help limit the number of guests and allow for social distancing.

Some exhibits and spaces will remain closed during this initial phase.

Visitors will enter on Wells Street and exit via the MacArthur Square parking garage to maintain distance.

MPM plans to launch monthly programming videos to enhance some exhibits and is making WiFi free help visitors access them.

"The safety of our staff and visitors is our highest priority," said Censky. "As we carefully and cautiously welcome visitors back to MPM, we look forward to providing members, visitors, and the community with new, innovative ways to encounter our collections."

Tickets and member reservations can be made online beginning Thursday, Aug. 6. Museum members must create a new account online to receive benefits, and visitors must also create one to receive special promotions like the Milwaukee County resident discount.

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Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.