The museum is currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read on to see what we are doing during these unprecedented times, updates on reopening, what you can look forward to, and how to help.
When Life Gives You Lemons...
The well-being of our constituents, staff, and community at-large is a top priority. The decision was not if to close, but rather how will we continue to fulfill our mission, engage with our constituents, and make up for a serious shortfall in our budget due to lost revenue during this time. The museum will remain closed until it is deemed safe.
However, as with most things, a little optimism and a little hope can go a long way.
What we are doing:
- Our facility manager is taking advantage of this time, working in isolation in the galleries, to do much needed maintenance.
- Our registrar is working to extend our spring exhibits so that you may still enjoy them when we reopen.
- Our programs staff is working hard to bring the collection to you by readying our Audio Tours for at-home listening and sharing collection facts, highlights, and How To tutorials to homebound folks via our Facebook and Instagram channels.
- Our visitor services staff, under guidance from our registrar, is helping to catalog the collection so we can expedite making our collection an online resource for the world.
- And, we are all pitching in to come up with solutions to offset the loss of revenue– so that we can continue to provide the programming you know and love when we reopen.
What you can do:
- Your support now means more than ever. Please consider making a donation at this time. Even a small donation, which you can automate monthly, will help.
- Purchase a membership. Active museum memberships will have their expiration dates extended by the amount of time the museum was closed.
- Advocate for the arts. Visit us here for resources to make advocating simple.
- Be kind to one another. Let’s do what we can to remain positive and help each other during these unprecedented times.
Brighter Times Are Ahead
We know brighter times are ahead. We hope to be seeing you soon at our annual Rummage Sale, Summer Camps, Tinker Workshops, and opening reception for our two new summer exhibits; Fanciful Fairy Houses by Kristy Thomas and The Whimsical Village of Medow.
We want you to know that we value your support, and we will be here for you when it is safe to reopen. When we are able to commit to a reopening date, all museum memberships will have their expiration dates extended by the amount of time the museum was closed.