May 27, 2020
Dear UHM Members and Friends:
Thank you for your support during these challenging times, we eagerly look forward to welcoming you back to the Upcountry History Museum. With that in mind we are pleased to announce that on May 20th, Governor Henry McMaster announced that South Carolina businesses within the “attractions” category could re-open beginning May 22.
After temporarily closing our doors on March 16, 2020 to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff, the Upcountry History Museum will officially reopen on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Following South Carolina Henry McMaster’s proclamation and City of Greenville Mayor Know White’s safe reopening plan, the Museum will operate at 50 percent of its total capacity while enacting new safety measures, including advance online ticket purchases, touch-free check in for online ticket purchasers, social distancing guidelines throughout the Museum and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols.
While we are grateful to reopen, our priority is the health and safety of our visitors and our entire Museum team. Over the past nine weeks, we have carefully developed reopening guidelines with the help of national organizations, peer institutions across the state and country, the American Alliance of Museums, the Smithsonian Affiliations Program and various local health experts. Our operations staff have also worked hard to gather necessary safety supplies, including masks, gloves, plexiglass sneeze guards, sanitizing stations and directional signage. These new procedures will ensure we are meeting the highest public health standards, while maintaining the excellence of the Museum’s visitor experience.
Throughout the initial phase of reopening, all exhibits and experiences will be available with controlled attendance to allow for social distancing between visitors. Most interactive exhibits will be available through use of a stylus which will be made available to visitors upon arrival.
Cleaning will be enhanced throughout the Museum, including frequency of disinfecting high-traffic surfaces and hand sanitizer stations will be readily available. The Museum’s Visitor Services staff will be required to wear coverings during the initial reopening phase. Visitors will be encouraged to wear face coverings; complimentary masks will be available for guests who request one. As recommended by the CDC, state and city officials, people with serious medical conditions should delay their visit until a safer time.
Museums are essential to our culture and we are committed to delivering our mission of connecting people, history, and culture. The Museum will continue to expand digital engagement opportunities for those who may not yet feel comfortable returning. As a symbol of gratitude, the Museum will be offering free admission through Labor Day, to medical professionals and first responders who helped make reopening possible.
While we do not know when the rest of the world will re-open, in the meantime rest assured that you can come here and explore the Upcountry’s rich history, as well as the summer exhibitions: Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, and Guaranteeing Her Right…The 19th Amendment, Women and the Right to Vote.
We hope to see you soon.
Dana L. Thorpe