History Museum Announces Reopening and New Downtown Tours

History buffs will once again be able to walk the pathways of the History Museum on the Square but will also have the chance to walk around and learn about downtown Springfield.

The History Museum on the Square announced Tuesday they will be reopening on Thursday, May 28, on a limited schedule. The Museum will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m..

The Museum will be limiting attendance based on the city’s Road to Recovery plan an adding the following safety measures:

  • The Museum will be deep cleaned each morning before opening, have scheduled cleaning throughout the day, and interactive surfaces will be sanitized as needed throughout the day.
  • All staff will be required to wear face masks.
  • All guests will be asked to wear face masks and use provided hand sanitizer upon entering the Museum.
  • The Museum will encourage social distancing with stickers placed on the floor and signs throughout the Museum.
  • Interactives within the Museum where social distancing is not possible will be limited to one group at a time and sanitized between groups.

In addition to the reopening, the Museum will be hosting downtown walking tours focused on the history of Springfield. The tour will be one-mile and last one hour, starting at the Museum and ending back on the square. You will learn about the city’s founding, historic Walnut Street, and more.

Tours will take place Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. starting May 29th.

Capacity will not exceed 10 people and it will cost $10 per person.

Reservations are required for the walking tours. Email the History Museum to reserve your space. They ask that everyone in the tour bring and wear a mask throughout the tour.

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