COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has once again opened its doors to the public following a closure that started at the end of November.
Museum staff and volunteers have been working diligently throughout 2020 and with eyes set on 2021 to continue providing programming, lectures, and venues for fundraising all while working within the restrictions the pandemic has placed on every group, organization, and business.
Through the duration of 2020, the CSPM brought a great deal of their programming into a virtual space. Lecture, school events, and more heavily utilizing tools such as ZOOM.
"we're a mission driven organization," stated Matt Mayberry, director of the CSPM, "and our goal is to engage the public; so when we can't do it in person, we have to find other ways of doing it."
The museum had to close its doors in March and stayed closed until early July. Following that initial closure, the museum operated at reduced capacity for the remainder of the year. The CSPM closed again at the end of November and opened back up on January 5th.
Staff and volunteers alike are looking forward to having visitors begin to trickle back into the museum.
"The highest function we can serve is getting people talking to one another about the history of this place," stated Mayberry.
"Not only is this a place where you can come and learn and connect with local history, but it's a place where you can connect with other people," stated Meg Poole, the museum's program coordinator.
The CSPM is encouraging visitors to reserve free tickets online in advance of a visit. On operating days, the museum will be open in the following time blocks:
- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
- 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
For every time block, we will welcome only 50 visitors at a time. 20 tickets will be available for walk-ins during each time block and given on a first come, first serve basis.
The museum is operating with a list of COVID-19 safety precautions, which can be viewed HERE.
High-touch areas are sanitized throughout the day.
Additionally, the museum is only a few weeks away from unveiling a massive new exhibit in celebration of the Colorado Springs’ upcoming sesquicentennial anniversary.
The exhibit will feature 150 items which help to tell 150 stories spanning 150 years.
For more information CLICK HERE.