The Macon County Historical Museum opened today after being closed since March due to Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order to slow the spread of COVID19.
Gov. Cooper announced his plan for Phase 2.5 in the state’s reopening plan which includes permitting museums across the state to reopen at a reduced capacity and with health and safety restrictions.
“We are pleased with the Governor’s announcement and are looking forward to reopening our doors to the public,” said Museum Curator Robert Shook. “We have taken advantage of the last several months, cleaning and reorganizing the museum and are excited to get to finally show it off.”
Shook said that being closed gave the museum staff and volunteers the opportunity to dive into donated collections and organize them for display. With new items being donated regularly to the museum, volunteers do not always have time to properly catalogue everything. Over the last few months, the museum has spent time preparing new collections for display and making improvements to ensure the best experience for the public.
The Museum is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 am- 3 pm and is free, although donations are recommended. The Macon County Historical Museum is located on Main Street in Franklin directly across from the Macon County Courthouse.