Two more cultural Institutions reopen their doors

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN)  "It's opening day for us," said Paul Marzello, President of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. "We're pretty excited around here." 

With new protocols and safety precautions, the park has reopened after being closed for four months due to Covid-19. "Like other organizations, we're all trying to create a new paradigm on how we can operate safely and securely in offering something exciting for visitors while at the same time maintaining health standards due to the pandemic," he said.

Among the changes at the Naval Park:

  • Face coverings are required of all staff, volunteers and visitors
  • Social distancing will be maintained as much as possible
  • Attendance will be limited to ten people every half hourAll three ships will be available to the public. However, no one will be allowed below deck.
  • Days of operation will be limited to Wednesday thru Sunday 10a-5pm. (Closed Mon and Tues)
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Many of the Naval Park volunteers are elderly. Marzello said you would think that age bracket would be most concerned about the virus, but he said the docents are extremely anxious to get back and play a part in opening the park.

"We provide an exceptional opportunity to come down and get aboard an American warship.  We are the largest inland naval park in the
country. To have three ships right here in Western New York is a great tribute," said Marzello.

The Buffalo Museum of Science on Humboldt Parkway has reopened to the public. "We're just thrilled to be back," said President and CEO Marisa Wigglesworth.

The second floor of the museum is open to the public. That includes the Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibit which has been extended through the middle of October.

Restrictions at the museum include:

  • operating at 25% capacity.
  • tickets must be reserved or purchased in advance 
  • admission times will be staggered to allow for social distancing
  • staff and well as guests age 2 and up are required to wear face masks
  • each guest will receive a complimentary stylus to engage with interactive touch screens

"We thrive on being a hands-on, interactive museum," said Wigglesworth. "It just so happens that the exhibits on the second floor were less hands-on than those on the other floors. We've been able to modity or eliminate the touch points and still provide a fun and safe experience for guests.