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In addition to expanding its open hours, the Chazen Museum of Art is adding a new coffee shop, which will open Sept. 3.
The Chazen is set to become the most-open museum among more than 200 museums in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It will be open for a total of 84 hours per week with the cafe, lobby and first-floor Rowland Gallery opening at 8 a.m. and the rest of the museum opening at 11 a.m. seven days a week. The museum will close at 8 p.m. daily.
Kirstin Pires, the editor at the Chazen, says people have been asking for a coffee shop at the museum for years.
"Having a coffee shop aligns with the museum's emphasis on making people feel welcome in what can be an imposing building," Pires says. "And it encourages them to linger awhile, and maybe have a conversation about what they have seen in the museum."
Pires says that for this change to be implemented, the museum needed to be open earlier in the day, which required collaboration between many campus partners.
The new Chazen Café will be located where the retail shop has been housed for the past year. Pires says the retail will not be going completely away; they will still have a selection of Chazen-specific merchandise and some products created by local artists and craftspeople.
The Chazen Café will have Peet's Coffee and food operated by the dining service at Memorial Union.
The cafe will open Sept. 3 with the hours changing on that day as well.