The National Automobile Museum has announced they will officially open their doors to the public this Monday, June 1, 2020. This announcement comes in the wake of the Phase 2 re-opening roll-out from Nevada state Governor Sisolak.
The Museum closed its doors nearly 65 days ago, losing immediate revenue from admissions and memberships. However, the staff of the Museum said they responded quickly to the closure by implementing some much-needed museum repair and upgrades that would have otherwise been planned for slower days. The goal was to provide a better experience to guests as the Museum re-opens leading into the summer months.
As part of the closure, the Museum has upgraded its museum store by navigating to a virtual online format enabling a more comfortable purchasing experience of store merchandise for customers from their homes. Although the staff was working on varied hours, they rolled up their sleeves they dedicated these past 8-9 weeks to moving automobiles, organizing, cleaning, painting, hanging new signage, upgrading the security system throughout the Museum, painted floors, and focused on drywall repair and electrical work.
Through the reorganizing process, the legendary Museum has pulled out old relics of the properties’ iconic past now displayed throughout the Museum. Some of these items include a mascot costume created by the Disney Imagineer Team and a sizeable wooden map that previously hung behind Bill Harrah’s desk.
As the Museum looks towards re-opening, they have modified some of the landscape to introduce a Ford Model T exhibit in the new Changing Exhibits Gallery and rearranged the Challenger Learning Center in time to celebrate the latest Space X launch.
With the help of volunteers who gathered this past Thursday to focus on property clean-up in the landscaping areas of the parking lot and parking lot entrance.
Buddy Frank, the Interim Director, stated they had made a significant number of changes to ensure guests have a safe and secure experience and encourage individuals and families of all ages to please visit and support the Museum in the coming weeks.
“We will be limiting total occupancy in the Museum at any one time. In 85,000+ square feet of exhibits, that’s true social distancing. We’re also going touchless. The Admissions Desk and Museum Store counters will feature Plexiglas partitions to protect you and our team members. We’ve turned off our driving simulators, eliminated the photo car, closed the kid’s coloring station, and shut down the Theater. While those were popular attractions; all of our 220 cars are still on display and looking better than ever in a new and safer “hands-free” environment. We will strongly encourage visitors to wear masks, and hopefully, that will not be too unpopular with most. We’ll have logo’ ed versions available, as well as generics, for sale, said Frank”.