The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library here in Cedar Rapids is planning to reopen this month, and they have revealed a few details about the opening.

Next Monday, June 15th, the NCSML will finally reopen, but for members only. Members will receive free admission and a 25% discount coupon to use at the museum store. If all goes well, the museum will then reopen to the general public on Monday, June 22nd. There will be some new rules, though. The official update on the website reads:

"We will have a ticketed and timed entrance and detailed foot trafficking pathways for each visitor. Capacity will be limited to 25% of normal operations; we will evaluate our operations weekly and look to increase our capacity as time goes on. Call ahead reservations are recommended, but are not required at this time."

It's also important to note that both staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask inside the building. If you don't have one, the museum will have them available. You will also notice other changes, like a plexiglass shield at the front desk/museum store and chip credit card readers. All staff members will undergo daily temperature checks and visitors may be asked questions related to "travel and exposure" upon entry. You can check out the full reopening plan from the National Czech & Slovak Museum HERE.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that the museum will feature three new exhibits when it reopens. Those include:

  • "Czech Heroines: Prominent Czech Women Past and Present"
  • "Artists as Activists"
  • "A Century of Robots: From Capek to Now"

You can read about all three exhibits HERE.