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The Clark County Historical Museum reopened to the public this week under phase three guidelines and with shortened hours.
They will limit attendance to 50% capacity on a first come, first serve basis. Masks are required, among other precautions.
The museum has added two new exhibits for visitors to enjoy. One is “(Her)story,” which explores the impact women have made on Clark County History. The second is “History A-Brewin’,” which tells the history of brewing and distilling in Clark County. The exhibit originally opened in January 2020 before the museum closed in March.
This will be the museum’s second attempt at reopening, after it reopened briefly in October before new statewide closure orders.
“We’ve been hesitant about reopening again,” said April Buzby, CCHM’s programs and marketing manager. “We were only open for a month and then got closed down again.”
CCHM will also continue their successful digital programming that they have been building up this year.
“It was something we were already working towards, we just basically had to accelerate the timeline,” Buzby said.
Most recently announced is a “Virtual Night at the Museum” fundraiser on May 6. It consists of a behind the scenes tour of the museum’s unusual and hidden artifacts.
Buzby described herself as cautiously optimistic in the slow reopening efforts.
“You’re seeing a lot of museums that aren’t reopening, even in our area. They just can’t,” Buzby said
The effects of the pandemic caused a complete loss of visitors and volunteers; two things Buzby said a non-profit museum relies on.
“We’ve been lucky, we have an amazing community who has stood by us,” Buzby said. “But yeah, it still smarts.”
The Clark County Historical Museum is located at 1511 Main St. in Vancouver. Temporary hours of operation are Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.