The Buffalo History Museum will reopen to the public with new operational and safety procedures on Saturday, Aug. 1. Members will be invited back for exclusive “Member Days” July 29-31. Guests will be able to experience Buffalo’s unique history with free admission for the remainder of 2020.
“We are happy to be able to reopen for on-site experiences and welcome guests back,” said Melissa Brown, executive director of The Buffalo History Museum. “Our team has been studying and implementing best practices for the safety of our staff and visitors, and we stand ready to once again engage and explore our local history using resources on our campus.”
The museum’s public hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission will be free. Daily reservations are available in advance through the museum website at buffalohistory.org/covid-19-guest-information/.
"From our ‘Chronicling COVID-19’ collecting initiative to our emphasis on digitally preserved collections, we prioritized access and connection while facing the pandemic’s cascading impacts,” Brown said. “It’s in that same spirit, the museum will offer free admission for remainder of 2020.The community will be able to experience the museum’s many exhibits, including ‘Emblem of Equality: Woman Suffrage in Western New York,’ which tells of the region’s battle for equality at the ballot box, and visitors can look inside ‘Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports,’ and so much more.”
The museum’s resource center’ at 459 Forest Ave., which features the “Spirit of the City” exhibit, will be open every Friday in August from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission. The research library will be accessible by appointment only.
New procedures that abide by all phase four requirements and best practices set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and New York State Department of Health are in place to ensure the safety of guests and staff. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
√ Advance, online registration to plan a museum visit;
√ Accommodating a safe and limited number of guests;
√ Mandatory face coverings for all staff and guests while inside the museum;
√ Updated approach to guest reception and new signage to minimize contact and promote social distancing√;
√ Exhibits and frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected four times per day during public hours; and
√ Hand-sanitizing stations at guest services and throughout the museum.
The museum’s full reopening plan with pandemic aware procedures is available online here.