With the Museum’s reopening after an 11-week closure associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, staff and volunteers have introduced extra safety measures throughout the four-acre campus to minimize inconvenience and maximize health and safety for visitors and guests.
“Your health and safety is of paramount importance,” stated Fred Veil, the museum’s executive director. “While social distancing will be enforced in the buildings, the grounds are spectacular — a perfect venue for some safe social gathering and enjoyment … perhaps a family picnic.”
“We’ll be wearing masks to protect our guests, and encourage them to do so, as well,” added Veil. “Regardless what individuals might think one way or the other, we’re insisting that all staff and volunteers in contact with the public wear masks — for our visitor protection and our personal protection. It’s the safe thing to do! In addition, we’re making hand sanitizer available for guests, as well as antibacterial soap for hand-washing in all our restrooms.”
Additional health and safety standards at the Museum include regular sanitizing of public areas, access points, and interactive displays and exhibits, as well as limiting the number of people allowed in buildings at any given time in order to encourage social distancing as outlined by the state and public health institutions.
During this time, the Museum gift shop and store will be closed for normal operations. Further, the Research Center (formerly Library and Archives) located in the Granite Creek Center (115 S. McCormick) will be closed for public visitation; in-person research must be By Appointment Only. Please call to make an appointment (928-277-2003) or email your research request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendared events remain subject-to maintaining healthy social distancing and public safety issues, as determined by government officials. At this time, the scheduled Western History Symposium (Aug. 1) and Sharlot’s WineFest (Aug. 15) remain as identified. Additional events still on the Museum schedule include the Prescott Indian Art Market (Sept. 19-20) and Folk Music Festival (Oct. 3-4). Check the Museum website for any calendar changes.
“With our four-acre campus, superb Prescott weather, Summer sunshine and social distancing, we continue to provide a unique destination for all to enjoy a hearty excursion into history,” added Veil, “to discover the heritage of Arizona’s Central Highlands. The Museum hours during this time will be Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m., and closed Monday. At a future date we may extend hours and return to seven-days-a-week, 362 days per year, and closed only Thanksgiving day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.”