May 22, 2020 1:49 PM

Museum and Strataca to open June 2

Posted May 22, 2020 1:49 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Historical Society announced it will open the museum and Strataca to the public on Tuesday, June 2, and resume normal business hours pending any additional restrictions from the county or state. 

The museum’s operating hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Strataca hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with the last tour at 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., with the last tour at 4 p.m. Reserve your time here

At both locations, staff will be wearing masks and strongly encourage all who visit to wear masks as well. Both will be using a touchless payment system and ask that guests practice safe social distancing between groups. The Reno County Museum will reopen the Oodleplex play area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will allow staff members to properly sanitize the area each day for the health and safety of guests. 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Strataca has limited the number of guests riding the hoist at any given time. Even though they will limit the number of people on the hoist, the hoist will operate throughout the day in order to maximize the number of guests underground. All rides underground will reopen to the public. However, proper social distancing is expected between parties. The salt museum will close all rides including the hoist temporarily throughout the day so staff can properly sanitize the area.

Strataca strongly recommends that all guests make a reservation before visiting the facility because of the limited number of guests per tour. All guests can go to www.underkansas.org/tickets to make reservations or call the ticket office Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.