Museum’s Response to COVID-19

We are dedicated to creating a safe environment for our staff and guests. We have implemented procedures that help us reduce contact, maintain social distancing, and keep our facilities clean. We remain dedicated to following all mandated guidelines as we strive to provide the safest environment possible for our valued guests, staff and volunteers.

Safety Procedures Implemented by ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture

• Following the most current CDC public health guidelines
• Disinfecting public areas regularly
• Wearing masks
• Placing barriers at close contact areas
• Utilizing one-way entry and exit ways for buildings
• Limiting our capacity to allow adequate spacing for to social distancing
• Posting helpful social distancing markers and signs
• Promoting a low touch experience— most interactives are closed
• Providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum site

Safety Guidelines for Guests
• We require that adults and children over the age of 5 wear face masks or face coverings while inside buildings. Medical exceptions are allowed. Disposable masks are available upon request.
• Stay home if you do not feel well or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
• Practice social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.
• Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer, especially when washing hands is not practical.
• Cover your cough and sneeze.
• To ensure public safety, water fountains are temporarily disabled. Guests may bring their own water bottle or drinks in, or purchase beverages the Country Store or Drug Store.

Further information regarding the Museum and ABAC’s response to the Coronavirus is available at https://www.abac.edu/coronavirus/. Additionally, the University System of Georgia provides further information and details regarding system wide response to the Coronavirus at https://www.usg.edu/coronavirus.

[As of January 20, 2021]

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture will resume a typical operating and work schedule on Monday, January 25, 2021. Telework and rotating schedules will end on Friday, January 22. 

The Museum, Historic Village and Art Gallery will be open from 9am to 3pm, Tuesday-Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday’s. The train will operate on Saturday’s only from 9am to 4pm, with boarding only available at the Train Depot in the Historic Village. The Country Store is open from 9am to 5pm Monday-Thursday and 9am to 6pm Friday-Saturday. Museum Administrative Offices will be open Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm.

[As of January 5, 2021]

Effective January 5, 2021, and until further notice, ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture will return to the Phase II operating schedule that we operated under from mid-June 2020 until August 1, 2020. During Phase II, a limited number of employees are at the Museum. For the next two weeks, or until further notice, the number of employees who will work a typical schedule will be greatly reduced.

GMA staff are working in the office on a rotational basis and teleworking when not in the office.

During January, The Museum and Art Gallery are open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am to 3pm. The Historic Village is open on Saturday’s from 9am to 3pm. The Country Store is open from 9am to 5pm Monday-Thursday and 9am to 6pm Friday-Saturday.

Gatherings, Events, Social Distancing

At this time and until further notice gatherings of more than 50 people will not be permitted in all areas of the Museum, including but not limited to educational programs, conference facilities and historic village. Actions that increase the probability for a safe, face-to-face environment for staff and guests are the Museum’s highest priority. Limiting group gatherings, public access to campus facilities, and public events will be coupled with social distancing to reduce the chance for community spread.

Time of Applicability – The guidelines remain in effect until canceled, replaced, or amended, as approved by the President of ABAC.

Limits on Maximum Size of Gatherings

ABAC’s Museum of Agriculture has exercised great precaution with respect to group gatherings.

Non-essential gatherings of more than 50 people are forbidden.

The following events have been canceled for the spring 2021 semester:

  • Group gatherings of 50 people or more
  • Annual Folklife Festival

[As of October 3]

The Museum, Historic Village, and Art Gallery resumed normal operating hours of 9am-3pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 9am-4pm on Saturday’s. The train continues to run on Saturday’s and boarding is only available at the Train Depot in the Historic Village.

[As of September 19]

The Art Gallery reopened with new exhibit Blood, Bone, & Stone: Jack McKey, A Retrospective.

[As of September 5]

The Historic Village re-opened.  It is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm. The train is running on Saturday’s and boarding is only available at the Train Depot in the Historic Village.

[As of July 14]

The Museum Main Hall re-opened today. It will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 3pm. Masks are required for guests 5 years old and up to visit the Museum Main Hall. Admission is $4 person. Free admission for Friends of the Museum.

[As of July 7]
 
The Museum’s Country Store re-opened. It will be open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm. Masks are required in the Country Store.
 
[As of March 15]

The Museum closed until further notice to the public to maintain health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Weekly, often daily, reassessments of the situation taking place.

This includes but is not limited to the following areas of the Museum.

Museum Main Hall, Historic Village, Country Store, Conference Facilities, and Art Gallery

Educational programming (Historic Tours, Historic Workshops, Destination Ag)

Museum Special Events

Children & Family Programs – Camp Wiregrass, Toddler Time, Wiregrass Kids, History After Dark