Due to the financial challenges that some of the cultural institutions and non-profit organizations in Lebanon are facing, Sursock Museum took the decision to close on Mondays to save funds.
The museum director Zein Arida sadly announced the new decision in a statement: "In the face of growing economic constraints, we are very sorry to announce the closure of the Sursak Museum on Mondays - in addition to the usual closure on Tuesdays, meaning that we will open our doors five days a week instead of six."
"We have already taken several measures to reduce costs without compromising the quality of our work and the various exhibitions and cultural programs we offer. Closing for another day is our most radical move so far. This procedure is necessary, even if it is temporary."
Arida hoped that the museum's new strategy will work so that they can raise enough money to reopen on Mondays.
"We are committed to making the museum accessible to all. The Sursock Museum has always been free and will remain so. Due to the serious attitude, we encourage you to donate to the museum on your next visit. Every important contribution, no matter how small, will make difference." Arida stated
As for the shop and restaurant belonging to the Sursock Museum, they will not be affected by the new working hours at the museum, the statement said. Both will remain open on Mondays, with the same working hours.
The Sursock Museum, which is officially known as the Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum was built in 1860 by Moussa Sursock. It is one of the modern art and contemporary art museum in Beirut, Lebanon.
You can visit this museum daily from 10 AM to 6 PM, Thursday from 12 noon to 9 pm. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.