At the Washington State Historical Society, we have been considering how best to serve our communities and prioritize public health in light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
With this in mind, we have evaluated how we interact with our audiences, and how they interact with each other as they are enjoying the State History Museum, exploring the Research Center, and participating in our public programs. Based on current guidelines from healthcare authorities, the Office of the Governor, and our commitment to the community, WSHS is implementing the following plan:
- As of 5:00 PM, March 12, the State History Museum is closing to the public for the time being. Our museum is a place of experiential learning, full of interactive exhibits and touchable objects. We would not serve our visitors with a "please don't touch" approach. Our goal is to bring visitors together for meaningful conversation, not remind them to stay six feet apart.
- The State Research Center is also closed to the public for the time being.
- School field trips and public programs continue to be canceled for the remainder of March.Field trips will also be canceled for April. We will re-evaluate during the week of April 20 and post an update here.
- We have paused new field trip reservations and facility rentals for private events during March and April.
We are grateful to our program partners, teachers and constituents for supporting these decisions, and we look forward to continuing to engage our communities once we've safely moved past the coronavirus outbreak.
Our heartfelt thanks to all of the healthcare professionals in Washington and beyond who are aiding the ill, working toward containment, and alleviating concerns. Our thoughts and caring extend to those who are suffering as a result of this outbreak.
We'll continue to monitor the latest developments and recommendations, and ask that you please check our websitefor ongoing updates related to WSHS operations.
With you, we look toward a time when the coronavirus event will be history.
Washington State Historical Society
For more information about containment practices and updates, please see:
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department