The Franklin Historical Museum will reopen on Sunday

FRANKLIN – The Historical Commission recently announced that the Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central St., will once again be open weekly from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, starting this weekend.

The museum has a new and improved gift shop, featuring new items unique to Franklin.

This year, the museum is offering two new holiday adornments: one depicting the Ray Memorial Library and the other depicting the downtown Clark Square watering hole. The ornaments sell for $ 18 each.

Other items added to the gift shop are candles, pillows, mugs and more. The gift shop is operated by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. Profits are used to support museum programs.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, people visiting the museum will be required to wear masks. Guests will provide their name and contact details when entering to allow contact tracing if necessary. There is an occupancy capacity of the building, so visitors are kindly requested to be patient in the event that the museum reaches its limit.

Guests will be able to view, read and observe, but will not be allowed to touch museum objects for safety reasons, and will be required to maintain social distancing. The research library will be temporarily closed to the public and the museum is suspending physical donations.

Officials say the museum’s limited schedule and COVID-19 protocols are a necessary, but temporary arrangement. It is hoped that its popular Second Sunday lecture series will return at some point early next year.

Museum workers measured, cut and hammered behind the scenes of the museum during the installation of a new Franklin exhibit. More details will be released later with an opening date for the exhibition to be announced.

Follow the Franklin Historical Museum on Facebook and Instagram. Look for the museum’s Trivia Tuesdays on the second Tuesday of each month on Instagram.

The museum complies with the American Disabilities Act and admission is always free. Donations are accepted.

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