The Met announced today on its Twitter page that the Fifth Avenue museum closed down at 1pm due to “an emergency shutdown of steam in the area,” though it stressed that there was no imminent danger and it only shut down to be extra cautious.
Due to an emergency shutdown of steam in the area, The Met Fifth Avenue closed today at 1 pm.
There is no imminent danger; we are acting out of an abundance of caution for the safety and comfort of our visitors.
The Met Cloisters remains open.
— The Metropolitan Museum of Art (@metmuseum) September 7, 2021
The Met wrote that if you purchased tickets online, you’ll be automatically refunded, and if you purchased tickets at the museum, you can either reschedule your visit or request a refund by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Met’s website elaborates, stating that “The shutdown impacted the Museum’s airflow and temperature controls in the galleries, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety and comfort of our staff and visitors, the decision was made to close. The Met’s Buildings and Conservation teams are working together to monitor the conditions and safety of the art.”
The museum is scheduled to reopen Thursday at 10am.