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Frontier Times opens doors Monday

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After being closed for months due to the coronavirus, the Frontier Times Museum will reopen its doors on Monday, June 1, for regular business hours but still on a limited basis as officials attempt to keep the deadly virus from spreading rapidly.

The museum at 510 13th St. in Bandera will be open Monday through Saturday starting June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission prices of $6 for adults, $4 for military personnel and anyone age 65 and older, $2 for children between 6-17 and free for anyone 5-years-old and younger will still apply.

But museum Executive Director Rebecca Norton said some of the special programs held at the museum will be cancelled or altered because the crowds they draw will make it impossible to meet social distancing rules that have been established in fighting the virus or because the events have become more difficult to organize as a result of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

That means the Fourth Sunday Jamborees that had been held in the back room of the museum will not be held through the summer, and the Texas Heroes Hall of Honor induction ceremony normally held in the summer will be a reunion for former inductees this year rather than a ceremony recognizing the names of new inductees into the hall.

That reunion is still set to be held in July as part of the National Day of the Cowboy celebration, said Norton.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in an April 27 order allowed museums and libraries to open in May but under a cap that keeps crowds from exceeding 25 percent of the facilities occupancy. Interactive areas within libraries also were ordered to remain closed to help keep coronavirus in check.