Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Garst Welcomes Visitors Again

Annie Oakley masks available at online museum store. 
Garst Museum will open its doors to the public on June 16, 2020. The staff will be greeting you with smiling faces at the receptionist station located at the entrance to the Lowell Thomas Wing (the front entrance is temporarily closed). Well, you might not see the smiles behind their required masks, but you will see the welcoming twinkle in their eyes! As the museum plans to reopen, its primary concern is for the safety of visitors and staff so new measures have been put in place to adhere to all Ohio Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

Masks are the in-thing. Everyone must wear a mask—staff, patrons, board members, volunteers, and even Annie Oakley if she were to appear! And, Annie would surely be wearing a stylish custom-designed Annie Oakley mask that is available exclusively at the Museum Store or through its website by visiting

If you have spent your Covid-19 stay-at-home time doing historical research and have questions, you can get the answers now. Although the Research Center/Genealogy Library is closed to the public due to its small physical space, the staff is eager to assist you. You can make requests by phone (937-548-5250) or email ( Fees for copies may apply, but the research is a service to you.

As for artifact or genealogy donations, docent-led and school tours, and public programs, they will have to wait until a future date is announced.

Plan to visit Garst Museum as Ohio begins to open up its entertainment venues. While you are here, stroll through the exhibits for Annie Oakley, the Crossroads of Destiny, Keepers of Freedom, Lowell Thomas, and the Villages—but always remember to be safe and stay six feet apart. The museum awaits you Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but is closed on Sunday and Monday.

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