Letter from the Director

Dear Museums at Union Station (MUS) patrons and friends,

The Museums at Union Station has been preparing to re-open since the day we closed, March 14th. Our staff, volunteers and visitors are what make the museum the extraordinary place it is, and their well-being has been the central focus of that planning from the very beginning. 

State and county governments recently issued updated guidelines regarding the limited reopening of businesses and organizations in our community.

That same day the Union Station Division of Ogden City created a Reopening Task Force, comprised of our senior staff, who in the ensuing weeks developed a comprehensive plan, guided by the recommendations of state, city, and county public health officials, to gradually welcome back staff, and visitors, albeit at greatly reduced capacity.

Using the guidelines recommended by national, state and local agencies/authorities, we now plan to re-open on June 17th. We will carefully and continually monitor the efficacy of these guidelines in real time and make further adjustments as needed.

The following are some of the measures we are implementing:

  • To allow for proper social distancing, we will be operating at 25% capacity or less, and staff will be monitoring the number of visitors in and out of our smaller galleries and other public spaces.
  • Dedicated, separate entrances and exits will be clearly marked for each purpose and staff will be on hand to facilitate and monitor the process.
  • We will adjust the flow of visitors through tickets, entry and exit times.
  • We will supply face masks and gloves for all staff who engage with the public; spacing workstations to allow for social distancing and allowing support staff to continue work from home.
  • Face masks will not be required for patrons while they visit, but strongly encouraged.
  • We have installed plexi-glass screens at admission office to serve as an additional barrier between employees and visitors. Floor decals will indicate 6-foot spacing at the admission office and museum store checkout.
  • We will monitor all public spaces to facilitate social distancing; and have installed signage throughout the facility to encourage and remind visitors to practice social distancing.
  • We are installing more hand sanitizing stations and instituting heightened cleaning protocols, including frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection of “high-touch” door handles, elevators, and restrooms.
  • We are implementing cleanliness “patrols” in all exhibition galleries and other public areas.
  • Hands-on exhibition components and other “high touch” experiences will remain closed, including theater  and play experiences in the Utah State Railroad Museum and John M. Browning Firearms Museum, docent touch carts and more.
  • The temperature of all employees will be measured before entering the museum; any employees exhibiting a temperature over 100 will be sent home. Upon entering the building, employees must wash or sanitize their hands.
  • The Spencer and Delores Dore Eccles Rail center, which is apart of the Utah State Railroad Museum will be open at this time.
  • We are canceling lectures and all other public programs through at least August 21.

Museums are essential to our culture and we are committed to continuing to serve our mission of providing a world class museum experience for the Weber community. The Museum will continue to expand digital engagement opportunities for those who may not yet feel comfortable returning. At the same time, our staff will continue working non-stop to develop additional protocols and provide additional support and supplies as needed for those who do.

While we don’t know when the rest of the world will re-open, please know that your safety – and the health of our staff and volunteers – is paramount. We cannot wait to welcome you back to MUS .

We hope to see you soon.

Damen Burnham

Holly Andrew