Historic Newton is making careful plans regarding the physical reopening of the Jackson Homestead and Museum and Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds so that visitors and staff will be safe, which is the critical priority. While some museums in Massachusetts are reopening, Newton’s two history museums will be waiting until a later date. Instead, staff has focused on serving the public through virtual offerings, which may be found here. Information may also be found on Historic Newton’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter sites.
Inside the museums, work continues on processing and protecting the archival and artifact collections. The buildings are being retrofitted to reopen safely with guidelines for social distancing inside the buildings, including limited capacity and use of face coverings; temporarily removing touchable interactives; further enhancements to sanitization; and more. When the museums are ready, both will reopen with a big welcome.
While the buildings are “closed” Historic Newton invites people to connect with the many facets of history shared through digital means.