Welcome back!

Here’s the latest on what to expect during your visit.

Gari Melchers Home & Studio, the Museum Shop, and the Stafford County Visitor Center have reopened with our regular hours of 10 am to 5 pm daily, with the last tour at 3:30 pm.

Will I have to wear a mask?
All guests are required to wear a mask while indoors. Plan on bringing your own mask although the front desk has complimentary masks in case you forget.

What precautions are in place?

  • Hand-sanitizing stations are placed throughout the property.
  • All high-touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day.
  • All interactive tour components have been temporarily removed.
  • All staff members who interact with the public indoors will wear masks.
  • A plexiglass barrier is in place at the front desk.
  • Anyone feeling sick is asked to stay safe at home.

Have the Museum’s entrance and exit changed?
Slightly.  In order to ensure a one-way flow through the Visitor Center, people will enter through the front doors, but will exit the property through a side, garden gate. Re-entry to the Center can be made through the front doors.

Have the tours changed?
A bit.   The Video Orientation Gallery is closed for the foreseeable future so it’s advisable to watch our orientation video prior to your visit. Tour sizes have been reduced and physical distancing will be observed indoors.

Can I schedule a photography session?
Yes!  Refer to our Photography guidelines for details. 

How do I buy a ticket?
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Visitor Center.

Are wheelchairs available?
Yes, we have transport chairs available upon request.  All equipment will be sanitized after each use.

Can group tours be scheduled?
Not at this time.

Can I rent the Pavilion?
We unable to accept bookings for facility rentals through June 30, 2021.

Are the grounds and hiking trails open?
Yes.  Please practice social distancing while enjoying our grounds.

How has museum programming been affected?
Stay tuned.  Education staff is working to reimagine our Preschool Palette and Picturing New Connections programs and these opportunities will be posted to our website and shared on social media. The monthly woodland walks are suspended until further notice. All other museum programming has been cancelled for 2020.

What if I can’t visit in person?
Check out our virtual resources.

If you have any questions or concerns about the museum’s operating status, contact Director Scott Harris or call the front desk at 540-654-1844.