Hayes Presidential to members June16, public June 23

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will reopen its facilities to the public for three days a week with enhanced safety, cleaning and disinfecting procedures on Tuesday, June 23.


Site Pass (includes Hayes Home Tour and self-guided museum tour):https://www.showclix.com/tickets/sitepass

Museum-only tickets: www.showclix.com/tickets/museumonly

The Hayes Home, museum and research library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Hours for high-risk visitors are from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.

Hayes Presidential members will be the first to return with members-only opening days on Tuesday, June 16, Thursday, June 18, and Saturday, June 20. As a benefit of their membership, they can participate in hands-on artifact activities, receive an additional 5-percent discount on top of their regular membership discount in the Museum Store and receive a free Hayes Presidential post card that can be mailed from the museum and a Hayes Presidential sticker (while supplies last).

Members interested in taking a Hayes Home tour during the member days are asked to reserve a tour time by contacting Kristina Smith at 419-332-2081, ext. 217, or [email protected]

Those who are not members and would like to join can do so at https://www.rbhayes.org/main/membership/.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the public back to our buildings,” said Christie Weininger, executive director.

Hayes Presidential temporarily closed to the public on Saturday, March 14, for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, staff and the general public. The Spiegel Grove grounds closed for a few weeks and have been reopened to the public since May 1.  

The health and safety of its visitors, volunteers and staff have always been of utmost importance to Hayes Presidential. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Hayes Presidential has increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Staff are implementing additional plans for the safety of visitors, including additional cleaning and disinfecting, a smaller maximum capacity of people, sneeze guards at the front desk and museum store and physical distancing measures.

Staff will clean and disinfect the museum multiple times a day and will regularly wipe down counters and high-touch areas between points of sale at the Museum Store. Touchless hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the museum and library building.

Visitors are asked to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between their household group and other visitors. Visitors will be required to wear a face covering in the Hayes Home and library because these are areas where they will have more direct contact with staff. It’s important to note that 6 feet of distance apart will still be maintained. These areas also have collections that we are unable to disinfect due the nature of the materials.

Hayes Presidential staff also will wear face coverings. Wearing face coverings not only protects staff and visitors but also the artifacts visitors will see during the home tour and handle while in the library. Manuscripts will be quarantined for a set period of time and not given to another researcher until end of quarantine. 

Additional safety guidelines may be in place when visitors arrive.

Funding for additional cleaning and disinfecting supplies has been made possible through a grant from the Sandusky County Communities Foundation. Jerri and Chuck Miller of Fremont also have generously donated disposable masks for visitors who need them.

Hayes Presidential will sell online and in-person admissions.

Hayes Home tours will consist of one household (visitors will determine what constitutes their household) per tour, with no more than 10 people in a household on a tour.

Staff are still determining whether scheduled events will take place and whether they will be modified or become virtual events. Updates will be posted at rbhayes.org.

Hayes Presidential is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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