The Heritage Park Museum is hosting self-guided tours

Hillary Johnson

Heritage Park in Terrace has found a creative way to keep their doors open this season. The museum plans to operate with self-guided tours of no more than ten people per group. Starting tomorrow, guests will be able to book a 45-minute time slot between 11 am and 5 pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays. Museum Curator Anna Glass says there's a list of rules guests must abide by when touring the grounds.

"We ask that they don't touch anything, which should already be a policy in all museums, but especially now. We can't afford to sanitize artifacts because it does damage the artifact itself. We do have our summer student, who is our programmer. She will be monitoring all of the tours. We have security cameras, so we are able to view them while keeping the six-meter difference, and we also have staff going around disinfecting after each tour. We will not have any public washrooms open."

She explains what visitors can expect when they arrive and the resources available to them.

"We have created a booklet to guide them throughout the property. We are also providing mini exhibits in our Hall, so the exhibit we will have for the first few weeks is on Terrace's medical and hospital history. Our pamphlets not only serves as a good self-guided tour, but it has some interactive things on it for children, so they can try and find certain artifacts within the buildings."

Glass says the season and its hours have been cut short due to receiving less funding than previous years, which has reduced the number of hours of the summer students.

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