I am sad to announce that the Museum will not be open during the summer of 2020. We are simply not able to comply with government and public health rules formulated to keep you— and us— safe during the pandemic.
Because the Museum and its retail store have permanently fixed display aisles of only 4 feet in width, we cannot maintain 6-foot personal distances in any part of the Museum. Nor can we create one-way traffic patterns, due to the maze-like configuration of our exhibits. In addition to that obstacle, we are not able to disinfect all surfaces people are likely to touch; there are far too many.
Our patron base is largely made of seniors, who must be protected especially well, and young children, who, in spite of all supervision, tend to move around a lot and touch many objects and surfaces.
Finally, we are a family-run museum, and the owner and operator is just at the age that our state government has recommended delay returning to work, due to the elevated risk.
It is an emotional and financial hardship to have the Museum closed, more than ever during the summer, our busy tourist season. Late in August, we will revisit the re-opening question. I can hardly express how eager I am to be back behind my desk, greeting patrons and helping all of you with your miniatures questions and needs.
Wishing health and well-being to you and your families during these difficult times. I look forward to seeing you again.
Lori Kagan-Moore, Director