Monroe County Museums to reopen by appointment in July

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SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) – The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum and the Monroe County Local History Room & Museum will open their exhibits on a limited basis starting July 9, 2020.

Both museums have been closed to the public since mid-March due to Covid-19. Staff was permitted to return to the building in late May but social distancing guidelines had prevented reopening to the public at that time. The staff has been cleaning, painting, and improving exhibits and other public spaces in preparation for reopening.

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Here are the specific guidelines being implemented to safely reopen the museums to the public:·

  • Guests must reserve their museum visit by calling 608-269-8680.
  • Reservations may be made for both museums or just one.
  • No walk-in museum visits can be accommodated at this time, but guests may call to see if a slot is immediately available.
  • Slots are for 30 minutes per museum and are available between 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays.
  • Maximum group size is ten people.
  • All guests will be asked to wash/sanitize hands upon entering the building.
  • Masks are encouraged but not required.
  • Please postpone your visit if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness.

The Deke Slayton Museum’s children’s play area and some interactive exhibit elements at the History Room will be temporarily off-limits for the safety of visitors.

The History Room’s Research Library will continue to be open to the public by reservation Monday through Saturday from 1-4. A maximum number of two groups of no more than two people may occupy the Research Library at any one time. Reservations can be made by calling 608-269-8680. No walk-ins can be accommodated.

Museum staff is developing plans for Phase 3 which will further lessen restrictions on visiting the museums and will announce those plans as conditions permit.

Both the Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum and the Monroe County Local History Room & Museum are located at 200 West Main St., Sparta. For more information please visit Facebook.com/MCLHRDekeSlaytonMuseum.org, or call 608-269-8680.

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