Soccer, sledding, bike rides.....I've spent a lot of time at the parks and fields at Fort Missoula but I've never actually been inside the Historical Museum. It's another one of those things where I always think "I'll have to check it out one of these days" but have yet to follow through. And I'm not going to let myself take all the blame. The museum has been closed for quite a while because of COVID - so that gives me a convenient excuse for much of the last year. Ha!

As we're starting to see events get scheduled and concerts get booked, we're also seeing places make plans to reopen - or open for the first time in the case of the new Missoula Library. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula has joined the party and announced a two-part plan for reopening. The outside exhibits and buildings will open on April 1st (weekdays and Sundays from noon-4PM) and the museum building will reopen with the same hours starting May 3rd.

Like most places and events, there are still guidelines to follow as we all do our part to keep each other safe. Visitors are being asked to wear a mask while in the museum building and social distancing measures are still in place. Additional safeguards include only 10 visitors in the museum building and the suggestion of using available hand sanitizer available to guests.

Those are the plans for now - things can always change based on the recommendations from the Missoula County Health Department.

If you're like a certain someone and you've yet to visit the Historical Museum - you can learn more at their website where they invite you to visit:

"Over 20 preserved historic buildings and structures bring this history to life on our grounds. We feature rotating exhibits designed for every age group exploring a range of thought-provoking historical topics. We also host a variety of fun and educational events throughout the year. Please visit us at the Historical Museum."

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