ELK HORN — The Museum of Danish America has been closed due to coronavirus concerns, but officials there say it will reopen to the public on Tuesday, July 7.
It will be open three days a week: from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
In preparation for reopening, Nicky Christensen, Communications Specialist at the museum said, ““Of course we’re cleaning and sanitizing a ton and we’re going to limit the number of visitors that are in the galleries and the Design Store.”
Cleaning and santizing creates challenges, museum officials said, “We want to protect the beautiful finish on stair handrails and other surfaces throughout the building. Therefore, wood surfaces are not disinfected as often as other surfaces. Please use handrails with clean hands, and at your own risk.”
The public is being asked to do their part while visiting, as well.
Those with current symptoms of COVID-19, or who may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive are asked to visit the museum at another time. Following CDC guidelines by wearing a mask over your mouth and nose, washing your hands frequently with soap and water in the restrooms or using hand sanitizer, provided around the building is important, along with maintaining a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others at the museum.
Christensen didn’t think maintaining social distancing would be a problem at the museum, “It’s a very large building so we don’t anticipate too many crowds gathering or things like that, never been a problem. Our staff will be wearing masks and there are hands sanitizer stations all over the place.”
The Design Store — or gift shop — is open Mondays through Fridays for online or phone orders, curbside pick up can be arranged. Visitors shopping in person at the museum should note there is a two visitor limit in the Design Store, and are asked to not touch items without staff assistance.
The Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park, on the museum grounds, is open from sunrise to sunset daily.
The Genealogy Center, located at 4210 Main Street, is open for research by appointment only.
Bedstomer’s House and the Jens Dixen Cabin are closed for the 2020 season.