Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene now open for guided tours

Pre-booked groups of up to nine people per family or social circle can safely experience the living history of Peterborough County

A guided tour in 2019 at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene. The museum is now open for summer 2020 and is offering pre-booked guided tours for groups of up to nine people from the same family or social circle. This year, visitors will be required to maintain physical distancing and wear face masks when inside museum buildings. (Photo: Chance Faulkner)
A guided tour in 2019 at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene. The museum is now open for summer 2020 and is offering pre-booked guided tours for groups of up to nine people from the same family or social circle. This year, visitors will be required to maintain physical distancing and wear face masks when inside museum buildings. (Photo: Chance Faulkner)

You can once again experience the living history of Peterborough County at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene — and safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The museum officially opened for the 2020 season last Wednesday (July 8) and is now accepting bookings for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Staggered tours will begin every 15 minutes with groups limited to no more than nine people per tour, all of whom must be from the same family unit or social circle.

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Guided tours must be booked in advance by visiting the museum’s Shopify website at lang-pioneer-village-museum.myshopify.com.

The experience includes a 45-minute guided tour and an additional hour to explore the museum’s other 25 historic buildings, artifacts, and exhibits.

While the museum’ snack shop will not be open, you can purchase however, packaged snacks and drinks as well as items from the museum’s shop online at the time of booking.

Museum visitors will be required to self-screen prior to coming on site, observe physical distancing with other groups, and to wear face masks when inside museum buildings.

The Register Print Shop building at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene was built in the 1840s, originally serving as a school in South Monaghan Township. It was common for a printer to take over an existing building for his print shop. The large windows made this building a good choice as the natural light would make the printer's precise work easier. Most of the printing equipment displayed in Lang's print shop including over ninety job cases of wooden and metal type, a proof press, and the more efficient foot-powered Golding press was donated by a former owner of the old Norwood Register. (Text and photo courtesy of  Lang Pioneer Village Museum)
The Register Print Shop building at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene was built in the 1840s, originally serving as a school in South Monaghan Township. It was common for a printer to take over an existing building for his print shop. The large windows made this building a good choice as the natural light would make the printer’s precise work easier. Most of the printing equipment displayed in Lang’s print shop including over ninety job cases of wooden and metal type, a proof press, and the more efficient foot-powered Golding press was donated by a former owner of the old Norwood Register. (Text and photo courtesy of Lang Pioneer Village Museum)

The cost for a guided tour is $40. Only one ticket is required for a tour of up to nine people. For full details and safety information, visit langpioneervillage/guided-tours.

Although Lang Pioneer Village has cancelled all its events originally scheduled for this summer due to earlier provincial restrictions on social gatherings, the museum hopes to be able to host fall and winter events in some form. The County of Peterborough will be monitoring the situation and will be guided by advice from public health authorities.

For more information, photos, and videos, visit the museum’s new website at langpioneervillage.ca.

 

This story has been updated to remove specific fall and winter events as the events and their dates are not yet confirmed.

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