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McLean County Museum Of History Reopening To The Public

Museum exterior
The museum and the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center will reopen to the public at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1.";

The McLean County Museum of History is reopening just in time for the first outdoor farmers’ market of the season.

“The museum will be prepared to deliver physical and continued digital experiences for all audiences. In preparing for reopening, the museum has prioritized protecting the health and safety of its staff, volunteers and visitors,” said museum spokesperson Jeff Woodard.

The museum and the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center will reopen to the public at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1. That’s also the opening day for the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market outdoor season.

In preparation for reopening with guidance from state, city, and public health authorities, the museum will reopen with new operating hours. Each exhibit will be limited to a maximum of 10 guests, and no more than 20 guests will be allowed to occupy the building at one time. Mondays and Wednesdays are reserved for patrons and/or groups who wish to schedule visits in advance.

All visitors to the museum's Library and Archives will be strongly encouraged to make appointments. Appointments will be available vfrom 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. during regular museum hours. To visit the Museum's Library and Archives, email library@mchistory.org or call (309) 827-0428 for a separate appointment.

The museum shut its doors March 14, 2020, due to the pandemic, as did many other community institutions.

During the pandemic, the museum offered live-stream programs and a COVID-19 remembrance.

“The museum will introduce additional digital content and onsite programming in the coming months to serve the public, educators and learners,” said Woodard. “We are eager to offer visitors a safe and enjoyable experience with exhibits, a Visitors Center and gift shop, new restrooms, new lighting in the rotunda and historic Courtroom and new Farmers’ Market programming on the Museum Square.”

The Discovery Room (located on the third floor) will remain closed until further notice.

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