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March 24, 2021

PHMC’s Historic Sites and Museums to Reopen April 30

Visitors, Volunteers, and Staff Must Wear a Face Mask & Social Distance

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) announced that it will begin welcoming visitors to state-owned historic sites and museums, including the PENNSYLVANIA LUMBER MUSEUM on Friday, April 30, 2021 with reduced hours of operation and limited capacity.

The PA Lumber Museum will operate on a schedule of Friday-Saturday Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM; closed Monday through Thursday, from April 30, 2021, until at least June 30, 2021.

As PHMC opens its sites to the public, operations have been adjusted to provide a safer environment for staff, volunteers, and visitors and to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Although all of PHMC’s facilities are unique and protocols may vary somewhat from site to site, the following guidelines apply at all properties:

Face Mask Required

All visitors, volunteers, and staff must wear a face mask when entering and while visiting our sites or when near others on the grounds. Based on guidelines from the CDC, face masks have been shown to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19, so for our safety and that of our visitors, anyone not willing to wear masks will not be admitted.

Social Distancing Required

To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, all visitors, volunteers, and staff must practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from anyone not in your household.  Wearing a face mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Limiting Capacity

To ensure social distancing and keep visitors and our staff safe, we are reducing the capacity of visitors at our sites and museums in accordance with Department of Health guidelines.

Hand Hygiene

Visitors must wash or sanitize their hands with hand sanitizer as they begin their visit at the site’s visitor center and/or house museum.  They should do so again before leaving.  Hand sanitizer will be available at all of our facilities.

Visit Later If You Have Symptoms

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, chills, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or loss of taste) should refrain from visiting until they are symptom-free.  We will welcome you back at that time.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

“High touch” surfaces such as door handles, push plates, railings, switches, countertops, and benches will be disinfected frequently throughout the day.  Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected several times throughout the day depending on visitation levels. 

No events or gatherings, including exhibit openings, special events and facility rentals are scheduled at this time in order to give staff the opportunity to reacclimate to regular operations before holding events.  PHMC will provide an update when they can resume scheduling. 

School group visits, including groups of homeschoolers, will resume in the fall.

Please visit phmc.pa.gov for additional information.

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is a fun and educational experience for the entire family. Nestled in the wooded mountains of Potter County, the museum invites visitors to discover the courageous yet reckless spirit of Pennsylvania’s lumbering past while learning to care for the forests of the future. Interactive exhibits in our Visitor Center simulate activities such as swinging an ax, sawing a tree, piloting a log raft and racing locomotives for a hands-on experience with history (interactive exhibits are closed due to COVID-19). Outdoor exhibits located across our 10-acre campus include a re-created early 20th-century lumber camp, a 70-ton Shay geared-locomotive, and Barnhart log loader, and a log cabin built by the C.C.C. Our operable steam-powered sawmill is run three times a year at our Spring Show, Bark Peelers’ Festival, and Fall Show events. Check our EVENTS PAGE for a list of all special demonstrations, programs, and activities.

Hours

THE MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED, AND WILL RE-OPEN ON APRIL 30, 2021

Hours of operation from April 30, 2021 through June 30, 2021 will be Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM; closed Monday through Thursday.

Outside of the pandemic, we are typically open Year-round, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM. We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and all holidays except Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

Address

5660 US Route 6 West
Ulysses, PA 16948

Contact

(814) 435-2652

palumbermuseum@gmail.com

Admission

Adult: $8.00
Seniors (65+) & Discount: $7.00
Youth (3-11): $5.00
Children under 3: Free
Active Military Duty & Immediate Family: Free

Discounted rates for group tours. Click here for rates.

Admission for Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates is free.

Our Mission

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum educates the public about the Commonwealth’s rich lumbering history and the ongoing care, management, and recreational use of its forests. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum’s working historic saw mill, recreated lumber camp, exhibits, public programs and collections to discover the relevance of history in their lives. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates which is a non-profit community-based organization.

Prepare for your visit to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum by watching this short orientation film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCyFn546wTs