The Queens Museum -- formerly known as the Queens Museum of Art -- will reopen this weekend, with its size doubled to 105,000 square feet to accommodate new galleries and performance and event spaces.
The renamed museum, which was expanded to include the southern half of the New York City Building, formerly occupied by the World's Fair Ice Skating Rink in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, has been closed since June to complete a $69 million renovation overseen by architects Grimshaw in collaboration with Ammann & Whitney.
Multicultural welcoming and blessing ceremonies kick off the opening on Saturday, with artist Lynley Bernstein taking participants on a 21/2-hour "Fishing for the Elusive Snakehead" trip, with gear and bait provided. Video screenings by Taiwanese artists, poetry, a participatory DJ performance ("Smuggle Party") from Joro-Boro, studio tours and other events are scheduled all weekend.
Suggested admission for the museum, which will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, is $8 for adults and $4 for students and seniors, with free admission for children under 12. Admission for families with kids will be waived this Monday, Veterans Day, which is being observed as a "family day," when kids can participate in puppet making, a museum-wide scavenger hunt, Korean brush painting, circuitry workshops and "the collaborative art making experiment."
For more information about events this week at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park museum, go to queensmuseum.org