As COVID-19 restrictions across the region begin to lift, museums and cultural attractions across Bucks County have joined forces to share strategies in preparation for the reopening of their institutions to the public.
The newly formed Bucks County Museum Alliance boasts many well-known and historic local museums and historical societies, and was initiated with leadership from the Bucks County Children’s Museum, Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown Historical Society, Michener Art Museum, Pearl S. Buck House, and the African American Museum of Bucks County.
The purpose of this coalition, in light of continued COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, is to be resources for and partners in reopening. This includes collaborating on strategies to rethink and redesign exhibit spaces, adapt operations, and recalibrate health and facility protocols with the goal of providing the safest environments possible for returning guests.
“Bucks County is home to diverse museums and cultural institutions, all with differing sizes, locations, and unique reopening challenges” said Museum Alliance member Kelly Krumenacker of the Bucks County Children’s Museum. “Collectively, we can support each other as we each move through the reopening process by sharing information, approaches, and up-to-date recommendations.”
The following Bucks County museums have targeted the following reopening dates, though these dates remain tentative and dependent upon state mandated restrictions:
– Currently open: Doylestown Historical Society, The Andalusia Foundation is open for garden tours, the James-Lorah Memorial Home is open for tours by reservation only, and the Visit Bucks County Visitors Center in Bensalem is hosting the African American Museum of Bucks County’s “Building on the Dream: From Africa to Bucks County” exhibit through Labor Day.
– July 20 to July 22: Mercer Museum and Michener Art Museum Members Only Preview Days.
– July 23: Mercer Museum and Michener Art Museum open to the public.
– Aug. 3: Fonthill Castle and Pearl S. Buck House.
– September: Bucks County Children’s Museum.
– Washington Crossing Park and Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville will reopen upon Pennsylvania State directive and the Bucks County Civil War Library and Museum and the Sellersville Museum have not yet set a reopening date.
It is strongly suggested that individuals visit the organizational websites or contact each member organization directly before planning s visit for the most up-to-date reopening information, reservations and ticketing.