The New Bedford Whaling Museum will open to the public on Thursday, July 23. The staff been preparing its campus to welcome back visitors for a reimagined museum experience. The hours of operation will be Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Masks are mandatory for admittance and adherence to social distancing.
In addition to around-the-clock cleaning and disinfecting routines, the museum has installed throughout the building UV air purification systems that reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria in the air and on surfaces.
A newly designed path through the museum has been designed to allow the most space possible for visitors to maintain distance throughout their visit. Structural changes to the museum’s entrance and exit are complete, and protective plexiglass shields have been installed at key locations. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the museum as well.
The museum has instituted a timed, online reservation system to reduce the traffic flow and time spent in line, and the maximum capacity is set at 125 people, which is 25 percent of the museum’s total capacity. The staff is busy creating digital activities and hosting virtual programs that will continue into the foreseeable future.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford. Reservations can be made at www.whalingmuseum.org.