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National Museum of the Great Lakes to reopen June 10

The museum will be adhering to a number of safety guidelines put forth by the Ohio Dept. of Health.

TOLEDO, Ohio — The National Museum of the Great Lakes is set to reopen June 10, after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave museums and other entertainment venues the go-ahead with a number of health guidelines in place.

“We have been preparing for our re-opening for some time,” museum executive director Chris Gillcrist said. “We take the health and well being of every visitor and staff member seriously and, since shutting our doors, have been preparing to re-open and provide the very best museum experience possible with health and safety front and center.”

National Museum of the Great Lakes leaders said that once reopened, they will adhere to the recommendations of the governor’s task force with actions including:

  • Timed, entry tickets pre-purchased online here to reduce crowding
  • Opening  one hour early (at 9 a.m.) on Wednesdays for vulnerable populations, starting June 17
  • Expansive use of signage to encourage social distancing among guests
  • Aggressive staff cleaning schedules prioritizing museum and boat sanitization
  • Installation of personal sanitizing stations
  • Temporary closure of a few interactive exhibits unable to meet sanitizing requirements
  • Required face coverings and daily health screening assessments for all museum staff
  • Simplified check out procedures to reduce personal interaction
To say we have missed our members and visitors would be an understat... ement. We are so grateful to announce plans to reopen the museum beginning Wednesday, June 10. We've made some changes with the health and safety of all visitors at top of our mind.

As new rules, regulations and suggested precautions are announced, representatives said that they will remain flexible and adaptive.

For those unable to visit, the museum will continue to offer virtual opportunities via their History From Home initiative here

For more information on our health and safety procedures, click here.

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