Peterborough Museum and Archives and Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene are opening July 6 and 8

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both museums are requiring visitors to book in advance

The Hastie Carpenter Shop at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene is an accurate reconstruction of a building from the 1880s that served two generations of carpenters. The museum is opening for the season on July 8, 2020 for booked guided tours only. (Photo: Lang Pioneer Village Museum)
The Hastie Carpenter Shop at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene is an accurate reconstruction of a building from the 1880s that served two generations of carpenters. The museum is opening for the season on July 8, 2020 for booked guided tours only. (Photo: Lang Pioneer Village Museum)

Two museums in the City and County of Peterborough have announced their reopening plans during stage two of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery plan, but with some changes to normal operations due to the pandemic.

Peterborough Museum and Archives (Museum Drive at 300 Hunter Street East) is reopening to the public beginning Monday, July 6th, but by appointment only.

Lang Pioneer Village Museum (104 Lang Road in Keene) is reopening to the public on Wednesday, July 8th, but only for booked guided tours.

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At Peterborough Museum and Archives, only only one visitor or group up to 10 people will be allowed into the museum at a time, with exclusive access to the exhibits, during an assigned time slot of 50 minutes. The museum is not currently offering guided tours or audio tours.

In addition to requiring appointments for visitors, Peterborough Museum and Archives has temporarily removed interactive activities from exhibits, put in place enhanced cleaning protocols, and is making hand sanitizer available for visitors as part of its new measures for the safety of visitors and staff.

Between each visit, staff will clean high-touch surfaces to prepare for the next visitor or group.

Cipher-Decipher, an exhibit about the history of encrypted communications curated by the Canadian Museum of Science & Technology, is on display at Peterborough Museum and Archives, which opens by appointment only on July 6, 2020. However, due to concerns about COVID-19, interactive activities in exhibits have been temporarily removed. (Photo: Canadian Museum of Science & Technology)
Cipher-Decipher, an exhibit about the history of encrypted communications curated by the Canadian Museum of Science & Technology, is on display at Peterborough Museum and Archives, which opens by appointment only on July 6, 2020. However, due to concerns about COVID-19, interactive activities in exhibits have been temporarily removed. (Photo: Canadian Museum of Science & Technology)

At Lang Pioneer Village Museum, guided tours will be limited to a maximum of nine people — who must be from the same family unit or social circle — per tour. Staggered tours will begin every 15 minutes and must be booked in advance.

While the museum’s snack shop will not be open, packaged snacks and drinks as well as items from the Museum Shop can be purchased at the time of booking.

Visitors will be required to self-screen prior to coming onsite, observe physical distancing with other groups, and to wear face masks when inside buildings.

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Peterborough Museum and Archives will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and holidays (the museum is closed on Saturdays). To make an appointment to visit the museum, call 705-743-5180 during operating hours.

While there is no admission fee to visit the museum, a suggested donation is $10 per family or group (debit and credit car preferred). For more information about the museum, visit peterborough.ca/museum.

Lang Pioneer Village Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tours must be booked in advance at lang-pioneer-village-museum.myshopify.com.

The cost for a guided tour is $40 for up to nine people. For more information about the museum, visit langpioneervillage.ca.

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