TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee Museum is planning to reopen and resume regular business hours on Friday, May 8, in accordance with phase one of Governor DeSantis' reopening plan.
The museum will be operating at 25 percent of its normal visitor capacity and following CDC guidelines.
“The Museum’s abilities to keep so many of its staff working and to pivot so quickly from programs at the Museum to ones of virtual engagement would not have been possible if it were not for the continued generosity and support of the Museum’s donors and members during our closure. For this, we are so grateful. As we reopen safely in stages, we are looking forward to welcoming and providing our visitors with fun, engaging and educational experiences,” noted President/CEO Russell Daws.
Groups entering the facility are restricted to 10 people or less. All visitors entering buildings are required to wear masks.
All public contemporary and historic buildings except for their public bathrooms, visitor center, and Trail Break Café will remain closed. The museum's play area and Tree to Tree will also remain closed.
The visitor center and museum store will only be open to exiting, masked visitors and will maintain 25 percent capacity. The Trail Break Café will follow the Governor's guidelines for restaurants.
In addition to following CDC guidelines, there will be signage throughout the grounds that will remind visitors of social distancing, recommend masks, provide directional assistance and queue lines, and encourage visitors not to touch exhibit windows, labels or interactive devices.
Hand sanitizer will also be readily available and restrooms and touch surfaces will receive frequent sanitation throughout the day.
"During our time of closure, we have been hard at work, ensuring the best of care for our animals and historical buildings, making needed repairs to our boardwalks and other structures, adding fresh coats of paint to buildings, finishing ongoing renovation projects such as the completion of our bear exhibit, and preparing for the day we open to the public," officials wrote in a release.
For those who can't visit in person due to concerns, the museum has rolled out several “Museum at Home” experiences, including producing content regularly featured on their website and social media platforms.
For more information about their "Museum at Home" experiences, click here.
The Tallahassee Museum closed last month due to the coronavirus concerns.