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Natural history museum reopens to public

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The Bandera Natural History Museum re-opens to the public on Wednesday, May 20, for its regular hours after being closed as part of the safety precautions imposed nationwide to control the coronavirus pandemic.

“While we have been closed, we have been cleaning, disinfecting and developing procedures to make sure we are safe and still a fun place to visit,” Maggie Schumacher, the museum’s director of operations said. “We can’t wait to see families return to experience the wonder and awe of the age of dinosaurs.”

She said the museum will return to its regular days and hours–Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

Following state guidelines, the staff has implemented procedures to protect the well-being of visitors. The guidelines include:

Capacity will be limited to 50 people at a time; Limit one family at a time

Limit one family at a time at each play station; Children at a “dig” will be

Children at a “dig” will be asked to wear gloves and to brush off puzzle pieces;

Hand sanitizing stations will be placed at each puzzle;

Staff and volunteers will wear masks and gloves;

Masks will be available to visitors who don’t have their own; Café will be closed, but

Café will be closed, but families and groups are welcome to bring a picnic to be enjoyed outside at a table.

The 14,000-square foot museum will have its regular exhibits open, including the International Hall, Trail of Habitats, and 16, life-size dinosaur replicas on the grounds.

The museum is located at 267 Old Bandera Highway in Bandera. For other details about the museum, including admission charges, visit www.banderanhm.org and or call 830-328-5090.