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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are your new hours?

Our current hours are posted on the home page in the footer (scroll down to the bottom). At the top of the page you’ll find a notice showing whether the museum is open or closed, in real time.

Can I still use the lockers?

Yes! Please stash backpacks and other large bags or parcels in the lockers.

When will you resume public programming?

Public programming will resume when it’s safe to do so. But—we’ve got a robust slate of programming online that will continue indefinitely. If you aren’t familiar with our Facebook page or our events calendar, please check them out for a schedule of online offerings.

How large of a group can I bring to the museum, and do we all need to be from the same household?

We are no longer limiting the size of groups, however, we ask that you let us know if your group will be larger than 20 people, so we can be sure we are able to accommodate you.

Is there a route I should follow through the museum?

You are welcome to find your own way through the museum.

What if someone starts to feel sick while at the museum?

If someone starts to feel sick while they’re at the museum, please let a Visitor Services Assistant know. If necessary, security staff for the museum will call for an ambulance. If the person feels well enough to travel home, we will encourage them to leave as soon as they begin to feel ill.

What type of COVID-19 training has the staff completed?

The staff has all been updated on disinfection standards, occupancy limits, and what to do if someone falls ill at the museum.

Can I still put donations in the box when I arrive?

We would be delighted if you would consider a donation to the museum. Feel fr4ee to deposit cash or checks in the donation boxes. And you can always make a donation of any amount online.

Do you offer any audio tours?

We don’t offer audio tours.

Can I just come in, or do I need a ticket?

Come on in! No ticket required at this time.

How long can I stay?

You can stay as long as you’d like to during open hours.

What is the status of a wider campus opening?

For the Chancellor’s current decisions on the COVID response at UW in general, we’d recommend you visit the Covid-19 Response website.

Can I still become a member/how can I support the museum?

If you’re able, please consider making a gift. We rely on the university for most of our operational budget and it is likely that budgetary changes at the university level will affect us. And, a gift of any size qualifies you for membership benefits. Here’s the website .

How is my membership affected by the changes at the museum?


First, we’re grateful for your continued support. Because of Covid-19, many in-person benefits have been postponed for now, but all other benefits remain in place. If you have questions, please email us here.

The museum has a sculpture of Lincoln freeing a slave. Is that sculpture currently on view?

The museum’s collection does include a small marble version of Thomas Ball’s Emancipation Group sculpture, given to the museum in 1976. We recognize that this work is problematic in many ways and we’re following the national dialogue about the large bronze versions in public spaces. The sculpture is installed in the Elvehjem building, Gallery IV (4).