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Reopening the Museum


The Falmouth Heritage Museum is closed due to the ongoing pandemic.  It will reopen no earlier than September 2020, and may remain closed through April 2021.  When we do reopen the Museum to the public, visits will be "by appointment only" so that we may comply with the state guidelines.


Only the Museum is closed–the Society is still busy online. 


If you require access to an artifact or document in our collections, we can retrieve the item and make it available.  Please contact us at info@thefhs.org.

The Society's Board of Directors reviewed the orders and guidance governing public access to the Museum during its June meeting.


The state order closing the Museum was lifted June 1st.  The Museum & Barn are considered “public and community buildings.”  State guidance recommends that we conduct our activities online to the fullest extent possible.


Other historical societies are not in a rush to reopen to the public.  Like us, they are doing what is necessary to keep the lights on.  While most or their work is being done remotely, volunteers must occasionally visit their buildings to access collections. 


Our Museum has now been closed since November 2019—first for winter and now for the pandemic.  The Museum is closed but the Society continues to operate online.  We respond to requests from the community.  We can retrieve material from the collections as needed.  Only our exhibits are inaccessible to the public.


There are two obstacles to reopening the Museum:

  • Coronavirus puts our volunteers and visitors at risk.  Many are in higher risk categories—it’s just the nature of town historical societies.
  • Compliance with state guidelines is a heavy lift for a small volunteer organization.  Our Museum must conform with the guidance for both museums and libraries.  The guidelines and supporting material are posted here.

The Board adopted a strategy of moving forward slowly and with caution.  The safety of our volunteers and visitors comes first.  We will open the Museum to the public only when we are confident it can be done safely.  This means waiting until the experts tell us the risk is low, our volunteers and buildings are ready under the new rules, and then we will schedule visits “by appointment” to ensure compliance. 


We will begin preparing to reopen the Museum to the public.  This includes developing a formal plan, obtaining the necessary supplies, grooming our buildings, and training volunteers.


Reopening will not happen prior to September 2020 and—because we will shut down for winter in November—possibly not until May 2021.


Until then, we will continue doing the work of the Society online.  Our collections will be accessible to the community—online if possible.  We are exploring options for public access to our collections at other locations better equipped for dealing with visitors.  In exceptional cases, we can bring a visitor into the Museum as we do with people performing maintenance.


If you have any questions, please contact us at (207) 781-4727 or info@thefhs.org.

Falmouth Heritage Museum
60 Woods Road, Falmouth, Maine 04105
Telephone: (207) 781-4727
Email:
info@thefhs.org

Mailing Address
The Falmouth Historical Society
190 US Route One PMB 367
Falmouth, ME 04105


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