Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene to open on July 2

Historic site will be offering pre-booked guided tours this summer, outdoors only until step three takes effect

Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene opens for its 54th season on July 2, 2021, offering pre-booked guided tours. Until step three of Ontario's reopening plan takes effect, the tours will be outdoors only with additional trades demonstrations. (Photo: Hailey Doughty)
Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene opens for its 54th season on July 2, 2021, offering pre-booked guided tours. Until step three of Ontario's reopening plan takes effect, the tours will be outdoors only with additional trades demonstrations. (Photo: Hailey Doughty)

Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene will be opening for its 54th season on Friday, July 2nd.

Due to the pandemic, the museum will once again only be offering guided tours this summer that must be booked in advance.

Until step three of Ontario’s reopening plan takes effect later in July, the guided tours will be outdoors only.

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While members of the public will not be allowed to tour inside the historic buildings, interpreter guides will open their doors for a peek inside while sharing their history. The outdoors-only tours will also include additional trades demonstrations, such as blacksmithing or tinsmithing.

Staggered tours will begin every 15 minutes and must be booked in advance by visiting the museum’s Shopify page at lang-pioneer-village-museum.myshopify.com.

The price of a guided tour is $40 for a group of four. Additional group members may be added to the tour at an additional cost, up to the group maximum permitted by public health measures. While the museum’s snack shop will not be open, packaged traditional treats and drinks as well as items from the museum shop can be purchased at the time of booking.

Some of the historic buildings at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene (from left to right): Fitzpatrick House, Register Print Shop, Keene Hotel, and South Lake School House. (Photo: Karis Regamey)
Some of the historic buildings at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene (from left to right): Fitzpatrick House, Register Print Shop, Keene Hotel, and South Lake School House. (Photo: Karis Regamey)

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

New for 2021, the museum will have its first full-time First Nations interpreter at the village’s Aabnaabin Camp.

The museum has also increased accessibility for visitors with mobility issues. While the village features accessible hard-packed pathways, the historic buildings were built in the 19th century prior to accessibility standards.

Since some of the buildings are not accessible or have upper levels with steep stairs, the mseum is launching a new digital accessibility platform that will provide guests with mobility challenges the opportunity to sign out a tablet with access to a database of photographic and video footage of the inaccessible spaces within the village.

For more information about Lang Pioneer Village Museum, visit langpioneervillage.ca.