The coronavirus pandemic shuttered some of Champaign-Urbana’s museums for a bit, but most are accepting in-person visitors now and at least one has special hours devoted to seniors.
The Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet is reserving the first hour of every Wednesday for seniors age 65 and up (or other vulnerable populations). The museum is open 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Visitors are required to sign up for a time so as to keep social distancing measures in place. There is a limit of 10 patrons per hour. Masks and social distancing measures are required within the facility. You can sign up here. There is no entrance fee.
Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at the University of Illinois reopened on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Regular hours are in place with reduced capacity in effect (40 visitors at a time). The museum has undergone extensive cleaning and has made many changes to its operation to comply with COVID-19 protocols. You can check out those changes here. Groups of five or more are encouraged to book your visit in advance, which can be done here. (Learn a bit more about the Spurlock Museum in this article.)
Krannert Art Museum has instituted a timed reservation system. (Admission is free.) Reservations will be limited to 12 people per hour. A limited number of walk-ons may be allowed, depending on space restrictions. New exhibits will open Oct. 3. The Cafe is closed.
The Champaign County History Museum remains closed due to COVID-19.