Clark County Historical Museum to reopen Thursday –

Temporary reopening hours will be Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VANCOUVER – Staff at the Clark County Historical Museum are delighted to announce that the museum will reopen to the general public on Thursday (April 15). The temporary reopening hours will be Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.

Gallery participation will be maintained at 50% capacity in accordance with Washington State’s COVID-19 Phase III guidelines. Photo courtesy of the Clark County Historical Museum

Admission to the museum will be on a first come, first served basis. To show appreciation for the hard work and continued dedication of frontline workers and their families, the CMHC is offering free admission to first responders and essential healthcare workers with proper identification.

Gallery attendance will be maintained at 50% capacity in accordance with Washington State’s Phase III COVID-19 guidelines. In addition, all recommended and mandatory safety measures, including mask requirements, one-way paths through galleries, and improved disinfection and cleaning protocols remain in effect. To help ensure public safety and avoid crowds, a stepped entry can be put in place.

“Although the museum has its bumps and bruises from our time closed from 2020 to 2021, we are delighted to welcome the public to our historic building to hear the history of Clark County.” said CCHM chief executive Bradley Richardson.

Similar to our short-term reopening in October, indoor exhibits will be available with controlled attendance to allow for social distancing between visitors. In each gallery, guests will arrive through an entrance and follow a guided path. Most of the interactive exhibits were restructured to allow contactless operation with a few removed that could not be changed.

Improved cleaning continues throughout the museum, including an increased frequency of disinfection of high traffic surfaces. Hand disinfection stations are available throughout the building. In accordance with state health mandates, staff and all visitors should wear face coverings.

As recommended by public health officials, people with serious health conditions, including those who cannot wear a mask, should delay their visit or contact the museum before their visit to discuss reasonable accommodation options.

Private group tours will be permitted on Wednesdays for small groups. In-person events normally held at the museum remain virtual and the museum will not take rental requests until 2021. The Research Library and the Brautigan Library will be available by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by contacting the museum.

Visitors can find the most recent information on the CMHC’s COVID response at For more information, contact the CCHM at (360) 993-5679 or by email at the following

Information provided by the Clark County Historical Museum.

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