• PG Museum Opens April 9

    PG Museum Announces Reopening Plans

    In preparation for reopening with guidance from State, City, and public health authorities, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History announced today limited operating days and hours, a new ticketing reservation policy, and health and safety measures so everyone can safely enjoy visiting their favorite local Museum.

    The Museum will reopen for the general public on April 9, 2021. The Museum will be prepared to deliver a blend of physical and digital experiences for all audiences, created by staff working both in the building and outside, and to continue providing unique offerings and benefits to its dedicated community of Museum members and visitors. 

    In preparation for reopening, the Museum has prioritized three goals:

    • Protecting the health and safety of its staff and visitors;
    • Continuing to deliver on its public service mission and program of scientific research and education; and
    • Contributing to the recovery of Pacific Grove and the region by welcoming families, teachers, and learners of all ages. 

    Tama Olver, Interim Executive Director of Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, said, “We believe that the work of this Museum, which is fundamentally grounded in science and history, has never been more important. Institutions such as ours have a critical role to play in restoring our sense of progress and community by bringing us together virtually and physically to learn about the history, environment, and the natural world around us. Our digital offerings will remain accessible to serve the widest possible audience on an ongoing basis, and we look forward to opening our doors in April to welcome the public back to the Museum.”

    New operating procedures include:

    • Opening to the public four days a week instead of seven, Friday-Monday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Requiring timed-entry tickets (with flexibility), reserved in advance online on the Museum’s website, as a means of limiting attendance to the required 25% capacity. In addition, walk-ins are welcome as long as there is capacity.
    • The beloved Museum Store will be open with all of its natural world treasurers for purchase. Access will be limited and a Museum employee will be available to help you find that perfect gift.

    Permanent halls and special exhibitions:

    Upon reopening, many of the Museum’s permanent halls will be open to the public, including our flagship Amazing Adaptation of Birds Gallery. But pardon our dust, as we are busy building two new exhibits that will open later in the spring and summer and will not be immediately accessible. To keep our visitors engaged, the Museum will be offering the following activities:

    ·       Digging for fossils in our outdoor pit

    ·       Docent-led activity outside at our garden exploration station

    • Basket weaving in our education classroom
    • Video loop of our M2Y videos running in the bird gallery
    • Various interactives in the Bird Gallery
    • Flight of the monarchs interactive
    • Scavenger hunt with phone APP
    • Exploration Tool Kit for purchase for the adventurous explorer

    New health protocols instituted to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff include:

    • Limiting attendance in the building to 25% of normal visitation at reopening to allow ample room for physical distancing;
    • Requiring facial coverings for all staff and visitors ages 2 and up, except for those who are exempt and special accommodations will be made;
    • Requiring physical distancing, including signage to support it, throughout the Museum;
    • Self-screening, including daily temperature checks for staff;
    • Implementing enhanced cleaning procedures;
    • Adding plexiglass barriers at ticket counters;
    • Upgrading ventilation systems;
    • Limiting restroom capacity to maintain physical distancing;
    • Redesigning interactive exhibits with added COVID safely measures;
    • Providing hand sanitizer throughout the building; and
    • Keeping certain visitor amenities closed for the immediate future, coat and bag check, and water fountains.

    The Museum shut its doors on March 12, 2020, in what has become by far the longest public closure in more than 100 years. Even during this global pandemic, the Museum has continued its work and mission of public service. Digital offerings from the past few months have included: 

    • Museum to You
    • Virtual field trips
    • Digital Science Saturdays
    • Hardcore Natural History
    • Nature Journaling

    In preparation for reopening, the Museum fully embraces its civic role of informing the public about the most important scientific issues of the day and highlighting the importance of fact-based scientific inquiry while also providing transformative experiences that enable visitors to learn, discover, and simply enjoy one another’s company.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 24, 2021

    Topics: Uncategorized, Museum


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