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The Audrain Automobile Museum To Re-Open On Monday, June 8, 2020

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NEWPORT, R.I., June 4, 2020 -- After having the museum gallery closed for over two months due to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Audrain Automobile Museum will open its doors to the public on Monday, June 8th. While the museum has continued to share their exhibits and initiatives virtually through a very comprehensive digital program, re-opening the gallery will allow the public to get back to the up-close and personal experience the museum is known for.

"We are grateful that our program of digital initiatives such as our YouTube channel videos and livestreamed opening event have brought the Museum to thousands while we have been closed. We will continue those programs as we re-open to continue to grow our reach as much as we can," said Audrain CEO Donald Osborne.

Osborne went on by saying, "With a carefully prepared and well-executed plan to bring our visitor guests safely back into our museum, we can bring our core mission of 'Preserving, Celebrating and Sharing Automotive History' more immediately to our community. It's fitting that our current exhibition is titled 'Shining Bright', as we feel this re-opening can be another sign of brighter times ahead for us all."

David de Muzio, Executive Director of the Museum said, "I'm thrilled- and relieved- that we can finally share our new exhibition with visitors. It's why we do our work, to be able to more fully spread our story."

The museum has in place strict safety guidelines that must be followed by all staff and guests to ensure proper social distancing and sanitation. (A full list of safety guidelines can be found at

  • The Museum is only permitting 20 people into the gallery at one time.
  • All staff and guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entering the museum and are required to wear a facemask for the duration of their visit.
  • As part of their digital initiatives, the Museum will utilize QR codes to make it easier for guests to learn more about the exhibit without having to come in contact with any public surface.
  • The museum will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized every morning and evening as well as multiple times throughout the day. All cleanings will be documented.

Starting Monday, June 8, 2020, the Museum will be back to their original operating hours of 10am to 4pm, daily. Though the circumstances may be different, the Audrain Automobile Museum team is eager to have their valued guests and members back in the gallery!

About the Audrain Automobile Museum

The Audrain Automobile Museum has 7,500 square feet of gallery space at 222 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island.  The Museum annually produces four (4) curated exhibits, typically displaying 12-16 vehicles of a particular period or genre in a non-touch, self-guided experience.  These exhibits attract more than 30,000 visitors per year.  The Museum's current exhibit "Shining Bright, Advances in Automobile Lighting" curates fifteen (15) cars ranging from the 1901 Winton Runabout to the 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, together with one (1) motorcycle, a 2020 Ducati Panigale V4R.  The exhibit explores and traces the evolution spectrum of automobile lighting beginning with the 19th century kerosene light lamps and ending with the 21st century Bi-Xenon projection lights.

Audrain Automobile Museum, Inc., is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. For more information regarding the Museum, please visit,