The Okotoks Art Gallery and Okotoks Museum are pleased to announce they will be among the first municipal buildings to re-open their doors and welcome the public back since closing March 17, 2020.
Both facilities will re-open Wednesday, June 17, 2020 with new modified hours, safety measures and reduced capacities to meet the guidelines outlined in the Alberta Government’s Museum and Gallery document.
“We are thrilled to announce that the art gallery will be featuring a local Members’ Art Show and Sale for the duration of 2020, which allows us to highlight the immense local talent we have and also provides a way for residents to shop local and support over 40 artists,” said Allan Boss, culture and heritage manager with the Town. “We have been looking forward to this day and are excited to re-open our doors at the gallery and museum to residents and our community, now that we know it is safe to do so.”
The museum will be featuring two new exhibits as part of its re-opening, including the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Prisoners of War and the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II.
Both the museum and the art gallery will have new operating hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday. To ensure a safe physical distance is maintained at all times, both facilities will have a maximum capacity of six people, including staff.
- The facility hours may be subject to change suddenly as staff navigate a new way of working and are operating with reduced staff. Residents are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours, whenever possible.
- Certain areas and features of the gallery and museum are not available at this time, including the playhouse at the museum and public washrooms at both facilities.
- Program spaces remain closed and programs will continue to be virtual for the time being.
- Groups larger than four people are asked to call ahead and pre-book to decrease potential wait time upon arrival.
- All visitors are highly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask.
- The art gallery is not accepting cash transactions.
“The gallery and museum have worked with the guidelines available to create a solid plan,” said Boss. “Our priority has been focused on putting measures in place that not only meet government guidelines, but also our residents’ expectations when we welcome them back in-person.”
Art galleries and museums were included in the first stage of the Alberta Government’s relaunch plan, based on whether certain criteria were met. The opening of these cultural facilities is part of the Town’s stage one relaunch strategy.
For up-to-date information on the Town’s response and a status list of all Town facilities and amenities, visit the Town’s COVID-19 section.