A lot has changed in the world over the last few months. We are pleased to be reopening our facilities to the public beginning June 1, 2020 but this will not be a return to normal for us. Some things will be different at your next museum visit as we manage restrictions, guidelines, and best practices in public health set forth for us by the Provincial Government, the Alberta Museums Association, and the Canadian Conservation Institute.

Please note the following important changes at the Museum:

Changes to how we accept artifact donations: we will no longer accept walk-in artifact donations. Donations must be approved by the Manager by email or over the phone. Approved artifact drop-offs will be arranged by appointment as all objects must now be quarantined as they come into the museum.

Procedures for research requests: please send your research requests by email or call and let us know how we can help you. Walk in research questions are not able to be accommodated for the foreseeable future or until a time when social distancing and occupancy restrictions are lifted. 

Restrictions on visitor numbers: only two visitors (or one cohort group) are allowed in the Visitor Information Centre/Lore building at a time. Staff will monitor and cap visitor numbers in our larger spaces as well. 

Increased sanitization of high traffic areas and touch points: museum staff will be sanitizing high traffic areas and touch points three times a day for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. The cleaning schedule will be posted in the museum and is available by request. There will also be hand sanitizer available throughout the museum for guest use. 

Hands-on and interactive displays: all touchable objects and interactive displays have been put away for the time being.

Single point of entry and one-way paths: we are asking visitors to watch for and follow all signage as we have changed the points of entry/exit and created a one-way path through the museum in accordance with recommendations from the Provincial government.

Events, tours, programs, and facility rentals: have been cancelled for the winter and will not be scheduled until such a time as it is considered safe to do so by the Provincial government, our Municipal government, the Museum Board, and Museum Management.

And a friendly reminder, please do not visit if you are unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19! We want to remain open to the public and be a safe place for our guests to visit.