The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum has reopened its doors to the public following a temporary closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current operating hours for the museum are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
During the temporary closing, museum staff made changes and updates to allow for social distancing and extra sanitation. This involved redesigning parts of the “Power to the People: Electrifying Rural South Dakota” exhibit, removing a display area from the gift shop to allow more space, adding hand-sanitizing stations and cleaning high-touch surfaces throughout the day. An additional change to the museum is requiring reservations for the Ag-Xploration Gallery (children’s area).
“By adding a reservation schedule, staff members can ensure each visiting family gets a cleaned and sanitized set of play items while also allowing time to sanitize stationary items in the gallery, like Daisy the Dairy Cow, chairs and tables, and the play auger between each group,” said Sarah Jacobs, education coordinator at the Agricultural Heritage Museum. “We have established 45-minute windows of time for families and visitors to come and continue to learn and enjoy time in Ag-Xploration Gallery.”
Museum patrons may also notice fewer events held at the museum this fall. The museum is following SDSU’s guidelines for events taking place on campus, limiting events to workshops and smaller activities. In addition, the museum is following the South Dakota Board of Regents’ face covering policy, which currently states masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces on campus.
Visitors can find more information about visiting the museum, reserving a 45-minute time slot for the Ag-Xploration Gallery, the face covering policy and more at agmuseum.com.
About the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
The museum’s mission is to inspire a passion for the diverse history, culture and science of agriculture in South Dakota. The official museum for preserving the history of agriculture and rural life of South Dakota, it is located in the historic Stock Judging Pavilion on the SDSU campus at 977 11th Street in Brookings, and is a department of South Dakota State University. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 605-688-6226 or visit www.agmuseum.com.