With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic many residents and visitors were hesitant about visiting public places even before businesses and organizations were shut down to prevent spread of the visus.
The Museum at the Bighorns was no expectation. The museum staff developed entertaining ways to ask visitors to remain up to six feet apart, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines while providing relief from the outside pandemic and a glimpse back into history. Museum staff requested each group of visitors to remain one buffalo’s length in distance from other groups. But as positive case numbers began to spike, many visitors chose to stay away from public places.
A major setback for the museum was the temporary status of a handful of the exhibits. Many residents and visitors to Sheridan were forced to miss the opportunity to visit these temporary displays of Wyoming and Sheridan County history.
The Museum at the Bighorns closed for the Winter season on Dec. 19. The seasonal closure allows staff to deep clean the facility, dust and clean the fragile items on display and to organize and set up new exhibits for the Spring reopening.
During an appearance on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse, Museum at the Bighorns Executive Director Mikayla Larrow told listeners, due to the coronavirus, the museum has adapted plans for the Spring, giving them another opportunity to visit the exhibitions.
Although the exhibits will not be replaced, staff at the museum has been busy with reorganising traditional exhibits during the Winter break, preparing to welcome both new and regular visitors to the museum with new perspectives on permanent exhibits.
The Museum at the Bighorns is set to open on March 18. Hours of operation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.