Georgia Museums Incorporated is pleased to announce the reopening of its family of museums, which include Bartow History Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, and Tellus Science Museum.
Museum members will get priority visitation to the reopened museums beginning Saturday, June 13th and lasting through Friday, June 19th. The museums will open to the general public on Saturday, June 20th. All guests (including members) are encouraged to reserve timed tickets online and in advance of their visit to guarantee museum entry. Guests who do not have an electronic ticket will be allowed to enter when and if time slots become available.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, several significant changes have been made to the museums. First, those visiting the museum will be asked to follow guidelines to facilitate social distancing and healthy sanitary behavior. Signage will be posted throughout the museum reminding guests of these precautions. Second, touch intensive exhibits or galleries will remain closed, as well as theaters. The Bentley Planetarium at Tellus Science Museum will offer a reduced show schedule with limited seating. Cafés will be open with limited seating to comply with state regulations and guidelines. Museum stores will be open, but will cap the number of shoppers at any given time. Special programming such as lectures, book signings, and workshops will be reintroduced later.
Patrons are asked to play a vital role and help make the reopening a success. Individuals who have been exposed to someone with the virus, are running a temperature, or have other virus-related symptoms are asked not to visit the museums. While face masks are not required, guests are asked to consider wearing one. Everyone is asked to please be patient with staff and other patrons as all work together to ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience. All three museums will operate under normal business hours. For more information, the websites are bartowhistorymuseum.org, boothmuseum.org, or tellusmuseum.org.