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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Ravalli County Museum Public Service Announcement - Reduction in hours of operation

Ravalli County Museum Public Service Announcement - Reduction in hours of operation

The
Ravalli County Museum and Historical Society, has decided to reduce Museumhours for several months to make needed improvements. The items being addressed
are to the structure itself and as well take the time to refurbish and refreshexhibit galleries and update work spaces. One of our substantial exhibit areas
will be shut for some time due to an electrical fire that occurred severalweeks ago.  The Lewis and Clark Meet the Salish Discovery Room originally underwritten by Rob and Terry Ryan, received some collateral damage to the ceiling and the entire room now needs to be rewired. A significant undertaking.  During these winter months it seems prudent to rejuvenate exhibit galleries upstairs and continue with infrastructure work in the area of computer upgrades and software systems while streamlining the adjacent workstations. The end result will be better access to the remarkable storehouse of information and archival documents and a review of the interpretation in some of our permanent exhibits. As well we are looking to install innovative new exhibits in our rotating spaces. Virtual tours and their accompanying components will become part of our day to day installations.  We have opted to remain open on Saturdays from 9-4 in order to continue to offer access to our Children and Family Activities every Saturday from 10-12 and as well allow for entree to the exhibit spaces and rooms which are not being refurbished at this time. 

 

Community
support allows the Museum to serve as a gathering place for arts and culture,building experience and lifelong learning. We are adapting our education
program, lectures series and activities to meet the current needs of studentsand families. We are curating relevant and unique exhibits and finding new ways
to share them. And we are caring for this historic building that is housingyour treasured artifacts and is a repository for our common history. We want to
share all of this with you. 

 

We,the staff, volunteers, the Historical Society Board will ensure we are ready to
welcome you back in the spring to start making noteworthy memories again. Thishas been a difficult year and we have appreciated your continued care and
goodwill. We will emerge as a strong entity committed to the stewardship andcultivation of Montana’s rich and unique history and its backstory. Our mission
to preserve, share, celebrate and capture our collective history remainssteadfast. By doing this we help keep the magic of arts, culture and education
alive, thriving, and part of your life and in our community. It is important totake a breath and think of the past year, as we remember to thank you for your
patronage. 

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