The Upcountry History Museum reopened Tuesday, June 9, observing new safety measures in light of the coronavirus. The museum closed on March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be reopening following South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s approval of attractions opening back up.
The museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, will continue to display the exhibitions, “Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad” and “Guaranteeing Her Right: The 19th Amendment, Women and the Right to Vote,” as well as the museum’s permanent collections.
As a feature of the reopening, the museum will also show a brand new exhibition “Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog.” The exhibition will be interactive in English and Spanish. It will focus on the value of literacy and social-emotional development. Designed for children 2-8 years old, the exhibition will be on display until October 25, 2020.
“Museum leadership and staff have worked diligently to develop reopening guidelines to ensure that the health and safety of visitors and staff is a top priority,” the museum said in a release.
The museum will enact new safety measures as it reopens that include advance online ticket purchasing, touch-free check-in, social distancing and enhanced cleaning.
“The Upcountry History Museum is committed to our mission of connecting people, history and culture. We will continue to expand our digital engagement opportunities for those who may not yet feel comfortable returning,” the museum’s release stated.
Medical professionals and first responders will have free admission through Labor Day as long as they have their IDs to show museum staff.