By Mari Heithoff, Cowboy State Daily
With the loosening of health rules designed to slow the spread of coronavirus in the Cowboy State, the Wyoming State Museum is welcoming visitors back.
On June 9, the museum in Cheyenne reopened, with full measures in place to ensure the safety of its visitors.
Museum Director Mark Brammer explained that the museum’s hours of operation will be somewhat limited to allow for extra cleaning and sanitation and added there are designated weekly hours for vulnerable populations, such as senior citizens to visit the museum.
The number of visitors allowed inside the museum at one time was boosted to 50 recently with the relaxation of the state’s rules limiting atherings.
While some of the exhibits have been modified or temporarily removed, Brammer explained that the museum still has plenty to offer.
“I think the biggest change is that we’ve had to close the hands-on habitat room,” he said. “We look forward to reopening it once everything returns to normal. Other than that, we’ve removed some touchable displays and touch-screens just for the time being, until we feel it’s safe to bring them back.”
“All of the information from touch-screen displays can now be accessed by a smartphone or computer, so it won’t hurt the museum experience,” he added.
Brammer said he hopes the museum will return to normal operations eventually and added officials will keep up with the latest health standards to ensure a safe experience for everyone.
“We’re really working hard to keep the experience as normal as possible for everyone,” he said. “We look forward to seeing more and more local visitors and out-of-state tourists.”