Toledo Museum of Art to Reopen Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water

Eye On Art  |  07/07/2020 3:00 pm

The Toledo Museum of Art plans to reopen a popular art installation to the public later this month. Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water will be on view again beginning Tuesday, July 21.

Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water is an immersive installation that showcases the unique vision of one of the world’s most influential contemporary artists. Yayoi Kusama, who experienced hallucinations as a child, uses her artwork to express and communicate her particular psychological world. Visitors experience up to 60 seconds alone in the room, which uses lights, mirrors and water to transport viewers to a space that seems endlessly expansive.

Fireflies on the Water, on loan from the Whitney Museum of Art, opened to the public at TMA on Dec. 14, 2019. When the coronavirus prompted the closure of the installation on March 14, more than 26,000 visitors had experienced the work of art in person.

Fireflies on the Water Tickets

Tickets are $5 for nonmembers. Museum members receive a limited number of free installation tickets based on their level of membership. After they have claimed their free tickets, members can purchase additional tickets at $5 each.

Fireflies on the Water tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, and can be reserved up to a month in advance. To purchase tickets, please visit or call 419-255-8000 ext. 7448. Each Fireflies on the Water ticket includes a free museum pass that allows entry to TMA.

Previous ticket holders who were unable to visit Fireflies on the Water due to the closure of the Museum should contact TMA at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 to reschedule their visit.

Health and Safety Procedures

Several changes have been made to the Fireflies on the Water experience to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. A face covering is required to enter the installation. Because of this requirement, children two years of age or younger are unable to enter Fireflies on the Water.

Floor markers and other signage will be in place to encourage visitors to remain socially distant as they wait to enter the installation.

A comprehensive Q&A about the installation is available on the Museum’s website at

For additional information about hours, face covering requirements, distancing procedures, parking and current exhibitions, please visit TMA’s extensive Q&A about reopening at In addition, Visitor Services staff may be reached by phone at (419) 255-8000 ext. 7448.

Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water is presented by ProMedica with additional support from Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and the Ohio Arts Council.