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The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission’s state-owned historic sites and museums, including The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Archives, will reopen to the public the week of xxxxxxxxxx. PHMC is taking a series of steps to ensure the health and safety of its staff and visitors.  Opening dates and times may vary by site.  Please watch our website and social media for important updates.

Here’s What to Expect at Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Facilities

As we open our sites to the public, we will need to adjust our operations to provide a safer environment for staff, volunteers and visitors and to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Although all of our facilities are unique and protocols may vary somewhat from site to site, the following guidelines apply at all properties.

Face Mask Face Masks Required

All visitors, volunteers and staff must wear a face mask when entering and while visiting our sites or when near others on the grounds. Based on guidelines from the CDC, face masks have been shown to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19, so for our safety and that of our visitors, anyone not willing to wear a mask will not be admitted.  Exceptions will be made for those with medical conditions that preclude masking and for children younger than two. 

Social Distance  Social Distancing Required

To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, all visitors, volunteers and staff must practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from anyone not in your household.  Wearing a face mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing.

 Limiting Capacity 

To ensure social distancing and keep you and our staff safe, we are reducing the capacity of visitors at our sites and museums.

Hand Hygiene Hand Hygiene 

Visitors must wash or sanitize their hands with hand sanitizer as they begin their visit at the site’s visitor center and/or house museum.  They should do so again before leaving.  Hand sanitizer will be available at all of our facilities.

Symptoms Visit Later If You Have Symptoms

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, chills, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or loss of taste) should refrain from visiting until they are symptom-free.  We will welcome you back at that time.

Cleaning Cleaning and Disinfecting

Public areas such as visitor centers, retail locations and exhibit galleries will be cleaned and disinfected at least once daily and sometimes more often based on visitation levels. 

“High touch” surfaces such as door handles, push plates, railings, switches, countertops and benches will be disinfected frequently throughout the day. 
Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected several times throughout the day depending on visitation levels. 

Site-specific Information

For details on what to expect at specific locations, as well as opening dates and times, please visit the appropriate website: