MIAMI – Closed by the coronavirus pandemic since mid-March, the Wynwood Walls have finally reopened.
The Miami graffiti art destination resumed welcoming visitors Friday at 11 a.m., and you will now need to get a ticket for entry.
Tickets are free for the first month, courtesy of the Wynwood Business Improvement District. Starting Jan. 22, tickets will cost $10 for adults. Children 12 and under will still be admitted for free.
The timed tickets are in part a way to control the crowd size, and they can be booked before your visit at thewynwoodwalls.com.
Hand sanitizer stations have been added, and face masks are required.
Local officials are hoping the reopening is a boost for local business — and morale.
“It changes how you feel,” Wynwood Walls CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnick said. “You walk through the gates here and you feel good. You feel happy, you feel hopeful, you feel inspired. I think that’s what art does to people. This is the core of the neighborhood.”
Friday’s reopening will be preceded by a short ceremony involving Srebnick, Chairman of the Wynwood Business Improvement District Albert Garcia, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
The urban art museum first opened in 2009 and boasts having shared the work of more than 50 artists representing 16 countries on the 80,000 square feet of walls.
Wynwood Walls was the anchor for the neighborhood’s explosive growth over the last decade. When they celebrated their 10th anniversary in December 2019 would have never known a global pandemic would sweep its iron gate doors shut mid-March - only re-opening about 30 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/NmenkbtMoR— Christina Vazquez (@CBoomerVazquez) December 18, 2020