Several of Milwaukee's museums are planning to reopen to the public in March, after being shut down for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discovery World, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum, and the Harley-Davidson Museum jointly announced on Thursday plans to reopen in March.
Each museum will reopen in phases and have health and safety plans approved by the health department.
On March 4, the Milwaukee Public Museum will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On March 5, the Harley-Davidson Museum will be open Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Milwaukee Art Museum will also open on March 5 and will be open Friday through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discovery World will reopen on March 27 and be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
If you're looking for a museum outside of Milwaukee, the Museum of Wisconsin of Art in West Bend is also open to visitors.
“We’re thrilled to have visitors back inside Discovery World and to offer our community the opportunity to once again explore Milwaukee’s amazing cultural institutions,” said Bryan Wunar, Discovery World President & CEO. “It’s time to open our doors so that we can continue fulfilling our missions of connecting families with fun and educational learning experiences.”
Masks or face coverings will be required of guests at all times, the museums said. Other protocols in place include deep cleaning, limited capacity levels, and online ticketing.
“Milwaukee’s museums and cultural institutions are a major draw for visitors and locals year-round, but their importance goes far beyond that,” said Peggy Williams-Smith, President and CEO, Visit Milwaukee. “They are the keepers of our community’s culture, history, and traditions, which is why the pandemic’s effects on their resources have been especially devastating. They need all of Milwaukee to step up and show their support today through donations, admission, and membership if we want to preserve the institutions that are vital to our identity as a city.”