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Ag-Xploration Gallery COVID-19 Protocols

At the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, our staff are working in conjunction with SDSU to ensure that your next visit to the museum will be as safe and healthy as possible.

One popular area of our museum that we are taking extra precautions with is our Ag-Xploration gallery, or our children’s play gallery. Those of you who have visited this area before know the excitement and joy that comes with learning through playtime with family and friends. With all the hands-on activities this gallery holds, we are taking extra time and energy to limit exposure to others and sanitize items to help stop any possible spread of COVID-19 or other illnesses.

Starting on Saturday, May 29, we will be adjusting our reservation policy.  With changes to campus and CDC guidelines, we are partially re-opening the Ag-Xploration Gallery to traditional walk in times during the afternoon hours.  Families who wish to take extra precautions will be able to reserve a time slot during the morning hours using Sign-Up Genius below.  After our last morning slot has ended, the area will be fully open to the public and sanitized at the end of the day.  Museum staff hope this solution will provide an option for all families to play and feel safe at the museum.

If your family is interested in reserving a private time slot during the morning hours, here are some of the things we will be doing, specifically in the Ag-Xploration gallery:

  • Reserve Your Time: To ensure ample time for disinfecting between guests, we are asking visitors wishing to reserve a private time to use the Ag-Xploration gallery to reserve a time slot in advance.  There will be two time slots to sign up for every day we are open during the morning hours (10:00 - 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. on weekdays and 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. on Saturday). This will allow your group to spend 45 fun-filled minutes in the gallery while giving museum staff time to clean surfaces and change out supplies before the next family or group comes in. We ask that visitors signing up limit themselves to ONE time slot per day to ensure everyone can get a chance to come visit the gallery. We will be using an online program called Sign-Up Genius to handle reservations. You can find a detailed video tutorial and the links to sign up at the bottom of this page.
  • Clean Toys and Surfaces: Before you arrive, staff will disinfect and provide a clean set of play items for your visit. After each visit, we will disinfect all surfaces and items. These items include the railings, chairs, benches, Daisy the dairy cow, the chicken coop, play tractor, auger and the farmers market booth.

To make this work, we need your help as museum visitors as well. We are asking all visitors to the museum’s Ag-Xploration gallery to do the following:

  • Starting Monday, May 10, 2021, South Dakota State University will be a “face coverings optional” environment.


  • Self-Monitor for Symptoms:If you or someone in your family have tested positive for COVID-19 or are suffering any related symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea), reschedule your visit to the museum. You can find guidelines on what to monitor for and how to report any suspected on-campus exposures on the Campus Visitor page on the JacksRBack webpage.
  • Sign-Up in Advance: As stated before, we are asking people to sign up to use the Ag-Xploration gallery in advance. If you do not sign up and there is no one signed up in that time slot, we will allow walk-ins.

These protocols will be in place while SDSU is in the orange and yellow COVID-19 status. You can find what status we are in by looking at the top yellow COVID-19 bar on this (or any other SDSU) webpage.

We understand that this is a lot of information, but we appreciate your cooperation as we navigate through these unprecedented circumstances. If you have any questions, please contact the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum at 605-688-6226. Thank you, and we can’t wait to see you soon!


JULY 2021 SIGN UP *Museum will be closed for the 4th of July weekend on July 4.  More dates may be added at a later date.


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