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A message from GCV&M about COVID-19

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

3:00 p.m.

Genesee Country Village & Museum Opens July 3, Celebrates Independence Day 

Genesee Country Village & Museum will open to the general public beginning Friday, July 3, in time for the Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4. This family-friendly event will feature music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a black powder shoot, and a performance by Frederick Douglass interpreter David Shakes. The event will have a focus on outdoor activities to allow for physical distancing and free movement of guests. In addition, many of the Museum’s historic buildings will be open for the first time this season. Food will also be available at the Museum’s Depot restaurant, and the newly-renovated Flint Hill Store will be open for business. 

GCV&M’s historic buildings and programming this season will be re-imagined to allow for more outdoor demonstrations and one-way traffic through indoor spaces, while still offering the in-depth look at 19th-century life for which the Museum is known. Although the Wehle Gallery will not be opening until July 24, the majority of buildings in the Historic Village will be open and staffed with interpreters offering demonstrations of period cooking, trades, farming, and home life. 

GCV&M will be open 10 am - 4 pm each Friday through Sunday beginning July 3. For our mutual protection all visitors should practice social distancing, and per New York State executive order, all visitors over the age of two are required to wear a mask when in any indoor or high traffic outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be observed. If you have a medical exemption to our mask-wearing policy, please bring documentation from a physician with you when you visit. Details on admission information can be found on our web page https://www.gcv.org/visit/hours-admission/ For questions or more information, please contact us at info@gcv.org.

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

11:00 a.m.

Genesee Country Village & Museum to Open to The Public For Weekends in July.

Genesee Country Village & Museum will open to the general public beginning Friday, July 3, in time for the Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4. This family-friendly event will feature music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a black powder shoot, with a focus on outdoor activities to allow for physical distancing and free movement of guests. In addition, many of the Museum’s historic buildings will be open for the first time this season. Food will also be available at the Museum’s Depot restaurant, and the newly-renovated Flint Hill Store will be open for business.  

GCV&M’s historic buildings and programming this season will be re-imagined to allow for more outdoor demonstrations and one-way traffic through indoor spaces, while still offering the in-depth look at 19th-century life for which the Museum is known. Although the Wehle Gallery will not be opening until July 24, the majority of buildings in the Historic Village will be open and staffed with interpreters offering demonstrations of period cooking, trades, farming, and home life. 

GCV&M will be open 10 am - 4 pm each Friday through Sunday beginning July 3. For our mutual protection all visitors should practice social distancing, and per New York State executive order, all visitors over the age of two are required to wear a mask when in any indoor or high traffic outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be observed. Admission information can be found on our web page https://www.gcv.org/visit/hours-admission/ For questions or more information, please contact us at Info@gcv.org.

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

3:00 p.m.

Genesee Country Village & Museum Grounds Open to Members on Weekends for Walking and Hiking, Eat-Out Dining.

Genesee Country Village & Museum has received clearance to open the Historic Village paths for walking and Nature Center trails for hiking.

The grounds will be open on weekends. Only current members are able to visit and bring the number of people associated with their membership. The Museum will offer a Share the Museum Weekend June 19-21, when members will be able to bring up to 4 guests. In order to comply with New York State guidelines and keep our staff and visitors safe, members must reserve an entry timeslot in advance, wear masks while on-site, and follow other health and safety protocols outlined below. The number of people members may bring is based on member type. No additional guests are allowed unless the membership type permits.

Masks or face coverings are required for visitors age 2 and over. Please bring your own and wear them at any point while on the Museum grounds.

The only buildings open will be the East and Depot Restrooms, and they will be limited to two people at any time and will be sanitized regularly through the day.

There will be take-out style food available Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, and drinks and snacks on Friday, June 12.

No first aid available.

No pets allowed.

We expect visitors who are not part of the same household to stay socially distanced at all times.

For questions or more information, please contact us at Info@gcv.org. For questions about your membership, click here or contact Membership@gcv.org.

 

Wednesday June 3, 2020

10:30 a.m.

Genesee Country Village & Museum Grounds to Open Weekends for Walking and Hiking, Members Only to Start

Genesee Country Village & Museum has received clearance to open the Historic Village paths for walking and Nature Center trails for hiking starting Friday, June 5.

The grounds will be open on weekends only for current Museum members. Non-member guests are not permitted at this time. In order to comply with New York State guidelines and keep our staff and visitors safe, members must reserve an entry timeslot in advance, wear masks while on-site, and follow other health and safety protocols outlined below. The number of people members may bring is based on member type. No additional guests are allowed unless the membership type permits.

Masks or face coverings are required for visitors age 2 and over. Please bring your own and wear them at any point while on the Museum grounds.

The only buildings open will be the East and Depot Restrooms, and they will be limited to two people at any time and will be sanitized regularly through the day.

There will be no food and drink for sale (members may bring your non-alcoholic drinks and snacks).

No first aid available.

No pets allowed.

We expect visitors who are not part of the same household to stay socially distanced at all times.

For questions or more information, please contact us at Info@gcv.org. For questions about your membership, click here or contact Membership@gcv.org.

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

5 p.m.

GCV&M continues to be closed to visitors and all but essential staff. Based on direction for reopening from New York State, we do not anticipate being open for interpretation, tours, or programs until the Finger Lakes region reaches “Phase 4,”which at the earliest will begin at the end of June. Therefore, we are cancelling 1812 Weekend and Celtic Faire (scheduled for June 13 & 14 and June 20 & 21 respectively) and postponing Kids Free Days (June 27 – July 3). We also anticipate that going forward, GCV&M will be restricted to holding events that do not concentrate large groups of participants and audience members. Therefore we have also decided to cancel the annual Civil War Reenactment and Encampment (scheduled for July 18 & 19).

At this time, GCV&M is planning to host Summer Camp (scheduled to start July 13) and we are working intently to modify class sizes, programs, and health and safety protocols to support campers and staff.

Check back with us regarding planned events in August and beyond. For information on rentals of Museum space for weddings and other celebrations or corporate events, contact Sara Piccini Tone at stone@gcv.org.

As we plan to welcome back visitors to the Historic Village, Nature Center, and John L. Wehle Gallery, we will be adopting and enforcing measures to help support the health and safety of our staff and guests. Let us know what is important to you about your GCV&M experience by taking our survey. Your input matters as we make plans to welcome you back (survey closes May 27).

In the meantime, GCV&M has greatly expanded the ways we connect with you when we are not together at the Museum. Check out these great virtual programs, online resources, and all the fun we are having with you on social media:

Please contact us with any questions by emailing info@gcv.org.

Thank you for your continued support of Genesee Country Village & Museum.

 

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

4:30 p.m.

Genesee Country Village & Museum Reschedules History on Tap Event

Continues to Add Online Educational and Special Interest Content

GCV&M is rescheduling our History on Tap event in response to the prolonged impact of COVID-19. This happy hour event, originally scheduled for June 5, is now planned for Friday, August 14, 2020. We will continue to post changes to events and programs on this page and in our events calendar.

We continue to monitor guidance and conditions to determine what will be appropriate for on-site programming. The paths and trails of the Historic Village and Nature Center remain closed to the public at this time and offices remain closed to all but essential staff. The safety of our visitors, staff, and community is paramount and we are taking these measures to help halt the spread of COVID-19.

As we adapt to unique and changing times, we continue to add content to our website and opportunities to connect via social media:

 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Noon

Genesee Country Village & Museum Postpones Regular Season Opening, Cancels May Programs;

Continues to Add Online Educational and Special Interest Content

GCV&M is postponing opening to the public for our 45th regular season based on the most recent guidance from New York State in response to the prolonged impact of COVID-19. All programs, classes, and events scheduled for May are cancelled or postponed as well. We continue to add content to our website and opportunities to connect via social media to create ways that we can stay in touch and support teaching and learning.

The Museum traditionally opens the Historic Village and Wehle Gallery to the public on Mother’s Day weekend each year. We continue to closely monitor guidance and conditions to determine when it will be appropriate to do so. The paths and trails of the Village and Nature Center will also remain closed to the public and offices remain closed to all but essential staff. The safety of our visitors, staff, and community is paramount and we are taking these measures to help halt the spread of the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection.

Look for ways to connect with GCV&M online on our main page or sign up here to receive periodic updates on new special interest and educational content. Or, follow up on social media: @gcvmuseum.

 

Monday, March 23, 2020

9:00 a.m.

Genesee Country Village & Museum to Cancel Spring Break Camp, April Classes;

Adding Online Educational and Special Interest Content

Genesee Country Village & Museum is cancelling Spring Break Camp and April classes in response to the ever-changing impact of COVID-19. This week we are also adding content to our website and via social media to create ways that we can stay in touch and help support general interest and direct instruction for families and students.

The Museum is continuing to closely monitor evolving guidance and conditions and is not open for any activities or programs at this time. The paths and trails of the Village and Nature Center are also closed to the public. Offices and the GCV&M campus will remain closed to all but our most essential staff, and other members of the Museum team will be working remotely. We appreciate your patience as we respond to your emails and voicemails.The safety of our visitors, staff, and community is paramount and we are taking these measures to help halt the spread of the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection.

We will reach out directly to those who have registered for Spring Break Camp or upcoming classes and offer the option to defer registration to a future class or camp, convert payment to a membership, receive a Museum credit, or make a tax-deductible donation to the Museum.

We will also gladly provide a refund at your request. However, we hope that you will consider converting your registration to a credit, membership, or donation. We are a non-profit organization that relies on your engagement and patronage and we hope that you can help us preserve and protect our ability to support our staff and programs well into the future.

Please contact our Program Registrar at ProgramRegistrar@gcv.org or 585-294-8218 for more information.

Look for ways to connect with GCV&M online on our main page or sign up here to receive periodic updates on new special interest and educational content. Or, follow up on social media: #gcvmuseum.

Updates regarding any other Museum events and programs will be posted to this dedicated web page: https://www.gcv.org/visit/covid-19-information/

Thank you for your continued support of GCV&M. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact us at info@gcv.org or 585-294-8218. We look forward to connecting with you virtually today and welcoming you back to the Museum soon!

 

Monday, March 16, 2020

10:12 a.m.

Genesee Country Village & Museum to Cancel All Maple Events

Genesee Country Village & Museum is cancelling both weekends of our Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast (March 21-22 and March 28-29) and the Maple Soiree (April 4) in response to the ever-changing impact of COVID-19.

The Museum is continuing to closely monitor evolving guidance and conditions. Other programs beyond these two have not been cancelled at this time, although we continue to assess that daily since the safety of our visitors, staff, and vendors is paramount.

For those who have purchased tickets for the Festival, Breakfast, or Soiree, you have three options for the amount that you paid:

While we understand that some may want a refund for their tickets, we hope that you will consider one of the first two options. GCV&M is a non-profit organization and issuing extensive refunds will increase the extraordinary financial pressure that we are under and impact our ability to support our staff and future programs. Please contact the Program Registrar at ProgramRegistrar@gcv.org or 585-294-8218 for more information.

We have collaborated with colleagues at other Rochester-area cultural institutions and are all taking similar measures to support our members, volunteers, staff, visitors, and greater community.

GCV&M is not open to the public on a daily basis in March or April and updates regarding any other Museum events and programs will be posted to a dedicated web page: https://www.gcv.org/visit/covid-19-information/

Thank you for your continued support of GCV&M. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact us at ProgramRegistrar@gcv.org or 585-294-8218. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

 

Becky Wehle

President & CEO

 

Thursday, March 12, 2020
2:40 p.m.

 

The Museum is closely monitoring the evolving information surrounding COVID-19, including the convening of large groups. We are considering the implications for all of our upcoming activities, and are evaluating next steps. In the meantime, we want to reassure our community that we are taking the following measures at locations throughout the Museum to help protect the health of our visitors, staff, and volunteers:

 

 

We will continue to monitor the advice and suggested practices set forth by local health officials and the CDC. Updates regarding any Museum events and programs will be posted to this page. 

Thank you for the your continued support of the Genesee Country Village & Museum.

 

Becky Wehle
President & CEO