TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana museums and like facilities were allowed to reopen in line with Governor Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan.
Museum officials at Candles Holocaust Museum, Vigo Co. Historical Society and the Terre Haute Children’s Museum said welcoming guests back into their facilities has been the best part of the reopening process.
“We’ve seen lots of smiling faces, lots of thankful parents. I think everyone has been at home a lot lately, so it’s nice to get out and go some place for a little bit,” said Susan Turner, Executive Director of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.
“We’ve been really happy to have our guests back in the museum we always enjoy the opportunity to interact with our guests one on one and sharing the history of the holocaust along with the story of Eva Kor,” said Catie Hann, Development Coordinator at Candles Holocaust Museum.
“It’s a crazy time right now and trying to maneuver through that is difficult. We wanted to be sure that people felt that we had measures in place that they would be okay with getting out of their house and coming to the museum,” said Susan Tingley, Executive Director of the Vigo Co. Historical Museum.
Hann said Candles visitors experience will look slightly different.
“We do require masks in the museum. We strongly encourage people to bring their own..but if they don’t have them we do provide masks for our guests. We are also observing social distancing and encouraging groups to stay with their people. We also have hand sanitizer stations that people can utilize,” she said.
Terre Haute Children’s Museum also upped their cleaning protocols to ensure visitors’ and staff’s safety.
“Our staff is required to wear masks. We believe it’s the right and the safe thing to do to keep people healthy right now. We have completely overhauled our cleaning protocols. I’m very proud of how clean the museum has always been, but we have payed particular attention to the CDC’s guidelines on cleaning,” Turner said.
Tingley said although they haven’t seen an influx of visitors since reopening, they are remaining optimistic as the reopening process continues.
“The number of visitors is lower than it was before we closed, but we kind of expected that. As people start to feel safer, they can come out to the museum,” Tingley said.