National Railroad Museum to reopen May 21

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Published: May. 20, 2020 at 5:41 AM CDT
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The National Railroad Museum in Ashwaubenon will reopen Thursday, May 21.

The popular visitor spot has been closed for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now that businesses and organizations are allowed to reopen in Wisconsin, the Railroad Museum plans to welcome visitors starting at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Museum CEO Jacqueline Frank says there are new safety protocols in place.

The museum will close indoor exhibits each day at 4 p.m. for extra cleaning.

Outdoor exhibits will close at 5 p.m.

Thirty-five guests will be allowed each hour.

The museum asks that people go to their website to schedule a visit ahead of time.

to book a time.

There will be hand sanitizing stations and signage for social distancing in the museum.

"This is a new experience for all of us at the museum, and we will continue to update our plans and look for ways to create a healthy environment," says Frank. "At the same time, I am sincerely looking forward to seeing you again. We understand that the community and human connections are important and we want to offer a safe place for those."

Through May 27, the museum is offering free admission to healthcare workers, police, firefighters, and employees for the city of Green Bay, Village of Ashwaubenon and Brown County. They just have to display a badge.

If you're not ready to visit the museum in person, you can go online for virtual store time and more.

for more information.

Museum Reopening Announcement

The National Railroad Museum® is reopening to the public on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 9 a.m. In appreciation of the ongoing work of our healthcare workers, police, firefighters, the City of Green Bay, Village of Ashwaubenon, and Brown County employees, they will receive free admission to the Museum May 21 – May 27, 2020, by displaying their badge. The Museum has made changes to its operations to help with social distancing and sanitization, while still maintaining an enjoyable experience. Some of those changes include: • Museum Hours. The Museum will be closing its main, climate-controlled building at 4 p.m. to allow for deep cleaning. The ground will close at 5 p.m. • Limited number of patrons. 35 people will be admitted to the Museum each hour, with tickets sales available through 3:00 p.m. There are more than 100,000 square feet of covered exhibit space, plus 33 acres to allow for social distancing. Train rides will run at less than 50 percent capacity, and the Museum will offer additional train rides if needed. We are asking visitors to schedule their time online through the Museum’s website at • Scheduled Visits. When possible, the Museum is asking the public and its members to schedule visits online through the Museum’s website at • Cleaning Schedule. The Museum has a disinfection schedule that focuses on cleaning high-touch areas throughout the day, with the main, climate-controlled building being closed an hour earlier to allow for deeper cleaning. The trains will also be cleaned between each train ride. • Social Distancing. Prompts have been added throughout the Museum to help the public determine where to stand in lines, and a one-way path will guide visitors through the Museum. • Hand sanitizing. The Museum has added hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum. These stations will have an ingredient list to help you determine if you want to use hand sanitizer or soap and water. The Museum is also asking visitors to avoid touching surfaces, follow the social distancing paths and markers throughout the property, consider wearing a face mask, and if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of any illness to please postpone your visit until you feeling better. For more information on the Museum’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan or to schedule your visit, go to

Posted by National Railroad Museum on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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