The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum and the Pensacola Museum of Art are preparing to slowly open back up and welcome visitors. Beginning Saturday May 16, 2020, visitors will be able to enjoy the museums once again.
In the initial phase of re-opening, the museums will only be open on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These staggered days will allow time for employees to fully sanitize the museums between open days.
The museums will be operating at 25% capacity at both locations. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the organization will only offer online tickets for $5.00 and will have staff situated on each floor to remind visitors of safety protocols. These $5 tickets will allow visitors to explore both museums and are good for only one day.
Visitors will need to register for a timed ticket prior to visiting the museums to ensure entrance capacity is maintained. Each visitor will be offered free disposable masks at the entrances of the museums and hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout both locations.
The UWF Historic Trust is developing a full reopening plan per the suggestions of the American Alliance of Museums which states, “a gradual approach [which] allows your museum to prioritize health and safety while taking progressive steps to restore regular operations.”
UWF Historic Trust Executive Director, Robert Overton, hopes this phased opening schedule will be beneficial for both the community and the museums. “Like so many organizations in our area, we rely on community support to continue operations. We hope this phased re-opening will allow our community to revisit their local museums and provide much needed support to our museums.”
For more information about the UWF Historic Trust or to purchase tickets, visit historicpensacola.org.