COVID-19 UPDATE

March 25, 2020

JUST KEEP LEARNING 
We're planning ahead and looking forward to the day we reopen to the public. In the meantime, we're going to just keep learning! We're committed to bringing you educational content every week from our talented team of educators. Watch and share these videos with family and friends so that we can all learn together!


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We're providing the BEST OF our past Turtle Soups and Learning Forums to bring Black Hills history to you at no cost!


This week, enjoy a presentation on Amelia Earhart, who led an incredible, record-setting life in a short 40 years. Explore her motivations, achievements, and unique connection to South Dakota! WATCH NOW


LET'S BE OPTIMISTIC!
Put us on your calendar! More info coming soon.


Members $75 (only $15 a day)
Registration opens soon. For more information, call 605-394-6923 or email cwaller@journeymuseum.org.
We thank you for your patience in awaiting our response, since our staff is currently reduced.

March 22, 2020

TEMPORARILY CLOSED
We are temporarily closed to the public for the health and safety of our staff and guests. We will remain closed for the necessary length of time to address the COVID-19 crisis.

March 18, 2020

MOVING FORWARD

In alignment with President Donald Trump's guidelines on COVID-19, new options are available as to how you can experience our educational offerings.

Here at The Journey Museum and Learning Center, we seek to meet and exceed these guidelines for the health and safety of our staff and guests.


Effective now through March, the following changes apply to our Turtle Soups and Learning Forums:
  • Presentations will be shown as videos from our presenters
  • Presentations will be offered on Fridays at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. in both our theater and gallery
  • The programs will be presented without any food
  • Audiences will not exceed more than 10 people at one time
Now, more than ever, we appreciate your advance reservations for programs so that we may make the proper seating arrangements. Please call 605-394-6923 to reserve.

Stay tuned to our website, emails and social media for changes as we adjust to constantly changing public policy.

COMING FRIDAY
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Amelia Earhart led an incredible, record-setting life in a short 40 years. Explore her motivations, her achievements, and her unique connection to South Dakota! CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

TURTLE SOUP IS INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION AND HALF-OFF FOR MEMBERS. RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW! CALL 605-394-6923.



A MESSAGE ON BEHALF OF YOUR LOCAL BLOOD DONATION CENTER

Vitalant, the blood donation center at 2209 West Omaha St. in Rapid City, urgently needs blood donations. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, numerous blood drives have been canceled. We need your help making up for these losses to ensure blood remains on shelves for those in need. All blood types are requested, and we encourage healthy people to come out and donate immediately. Bring a buddy with you if you can!

We are open 7 days a week, and walk-ins are welcome. Donors can also make appointments at www.vitalant.org, or by calling our front desk at 605-646-2625.

Thank you for your support in this critical time of need! Please spread the word to your family, friends, and acquaintances. Together, we can make it through this pandemic. #wearevital

POSTPONED
Please watch for updates on a new date



POSTPONED


The Minnilusa Historical Association will be postponing the Annual Meeting scheduled for noon on Sunday, March 29 at The Journey Museum and Learning Center.
 
The meeting, potluck dinner and presentation on the McGillycuddy house by Jean Kessloff will be rescheduled for later in the year. Look out for future communications for a new date from both The Journey Museum and Learning Center and the Minnilusa Historical Association.


March 17, 2020

NEW PROGRAM STANDARDS

As matters evolve with COVID-19, we'd like to thank you for supporting your local museum and update you with the latest standards.

Along with our intensified cleaning protocols, we'll be guiding visitors in social distancing. So what does that mean?

Social distancing is a simple safety measure, where large groups are turned smaller, ensuring everyone has adequate personal space.

For your Turtle Soups and Learning Forums, we're instituting a maximum number of guests. This self-imposed cap of 45 people per program is in line with the latest CDC guidelines.



At 
Turtle Soup (Fridays at noon), there will be four chairs to a table. We've spaced our tables and chairs out and are instructing guests to spread out enough to feel comfortable. 



 At Learning Forums (Sundays at 2 p.m.), we encourage a zig zag pattern, where guests will spread out along rows and sides of the theater, leaving a few seats in between them. 

Now, more than ever, we appreciate your advance reservations for programs so that we may make the proper seating arrangements. Please call 605-394-6923 to reserve.

For our daily education, like Toddler Tuesdays, Discovery Expeditions and Lakota Culture, we're implementing caps of 20 people per group. We are providing enough staff members and leadership to handle multiple groups. 

As we stated yesterday, we are committed to remaining open and providing a sense of normalcy. 

These new standards are in compliance with the CDC as of March 17, 2020. These guidelines could be amended, and we'll stay current for the health and safety of our staff and guests.

Watch for updates through email, our website, and on social media.



March 16, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TROY KILPATRICK ON COVID-19
 

To Our Supportive Members and Visitors,

I'd like to thank everyone who continues to support our mission to educate and inspire the public. Below is The Journey's position on matters developing with COVID-19.
 
We are committed to remaining open and providing a sense of normalcy for those who still want to visit us or attend programs. This would only change if government policy mandates our closure to the public.

This means that our movies and programs like Toddler Tuesdays, Discovery Expeditions, Journey Into Space, and Lakota Culture will continue to be offered.

Learning Forums and Turtle Soups will be offered if presenters are comfortable being in a public setting. We'll update programming through email, our website and on social media.

Our internal cleaning protocols are now intensified. We have temporarily closed off certain areas of the museum and have removed some interactive educational items. When the time comes, those items and areas will again be thoroughly cleaned and opened to the public.

Other areas of significant note:
We are continuously cleaning and wiping down high touchpoint areas like door handles. We are surface-cleaning counters and exhibits. Our restroom cleaning is addressed after each and every visit. We will continue to monitor the latest CDC standards and regulations.
 
Again, we can't thank you enough for your continued support as The Journey Museum and Learning Center celebrates 23 years of serving our community.



The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly adds new events, exhibits, and features to the expansive museum, covering American history, Black Hills history, and Native American culture.

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Hours

The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays

Admission

All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.