After the attacks on New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, the Metropolitan Museum of Art closed for two days.
Then-mayor Rudy Giuliani called for a quick return to normalcy to show that the city was undeterred by terrorism. At the mayor’s request, the museum reopened after 48 hours.
After the most acute phase of the Covid-19 crisis in the spring of 2020, the Met again was fast to reopen, relatively speaking. It took five months until dozens of masked visitors were standing in line to see the collection, in the spirit of recovery and resilience.
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