The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our visitors. We are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oklahoma State Department of Health regarding the coronavirus COVID-19. The Museum is open for regular business hours, and extra precautions are being taken to maintain a healthy environment for our visitors, volunteers and staff.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Museum has decided to cancel our special programming for the month of March, including our March 14-20 “Spring Break Sneak Peek Week” soft opening activities for our new outdoor space, Liichokoshomo’. All other events and activities for the year are currently set to continue as scheduled, but any changes to our programming will be posted at nationalcowboymuseum.org/coronavirus and on our event calendar. Liichokoshkomo' will open to the public following our April 15 ribbon-cutting, and the special activities and programming that were planned for March 14-20 will now be moved to our Annual Chuck Wagon Festival on Memorial Day weekend (May 23-24). External events hosted in our meeting facilities by outside groups should contact the hosting organization for any event status updates.
The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always a top priority. Here’s what the Museum is doing to keep visitors, volunteers and staff safe:
Enhanced Sanitizing Efforts
Additional cleaning measures have been implemented to sanitize frequently touched objects and surfaces throughout the Museum multiple times a day. This includes all frequently touched surfaces in meeting spaces and is in addition to the standard daily cleaning practices already in place.
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Museum for use by visitors and staff, and hand washing reminders have been posted in all restrooms. The CDC states common hygiene practices are the best way to prevent infection.
While we love a hearty handshake, the CDC recommends using noncontact methods of greeting for now.
Healthy Staff, Volunteers and Visitors
Employees or volunteers showing any signs of illness have been asked to stay home. If visitors are feverish or sick, they are being encouraged to respect the health of others and delay their visit until they are fever free, without medication, for 24 hours.
These measures all fall under CDC recommendations for public spaces to consider at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional precautions as warranted.