Some good news for sports fans going through baseball withdraw. No, MLB games aren't restarting, but locals can get their fix of America's favorite pastime when the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum reopens to the public this weekend.
Starting Saturday, June 20, the museum — attached to Great American Ball Park downtown — will be welcoming back visitors, with some COVID-19 safety precautions in place. (The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum opened to members only June 13.)
“Reopening the museum couldn’t come at a better time,” said Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, in a release. “We know fans are craving baseball right now, and we are committed to providing an avenue for them to experience the history of baseball in a safe, entertaining environment. We look forward to sharing the rich traditions and excitement of Reds baseball that our fans have come to expect.”
In addition to a reduced capacity, the museum will be offering hand sanitizer stations throughout the building as well as frequently cleaning/disinfecting high-contact and touchscreen surfaces. Staff will undergo daily temperature checks and be wearing masks, and visitors are encouraged to wear facial coverings as well.
Special hours will be set aside for those at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19: 9-10 a.m. Saturdays. And everyone is encouraged to reserve an admission time in advance.
Current hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and the Shades of Greatness exhibition, on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, has been extended through the end of July. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, says a release.
Tickets cost $12 for adults; $8 students/seniors; free for children under 12 and active military/veterans. Guests who visit the museum Saturdays and Sundays in June will get a Hal Morris bobblehead (while supplies last).
For more info, tickets and to reserve a time, visit RedsMuseum.org.