Stuhr Museum announces partial closure due to the pandemic

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 5:34 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Stuhr Museum said it is changing its hours of operations as the pandemic continues to bring challenges.

“We are a place that thrives on the visits and interactions with all of you. Unfortunately, the pandemic has impacted those visits and interactions significantly,” said Executive Director Chris Hochstetler.

The museum is announcing a partial closure in order to provide the safest environment for employees, sustain resources needed to navigate the rest of this pandemic and to continue to provide the dynamic and unique experiences.

“On a typical year we can get 20 to 50 in the winter time during those days, but we’ve been trickling down these last couple of weeks to maybe three or four people a day on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday,” Hochstetler said. “We had a couple days these past weeks when the weather wasn’t so good where we didn’t have anybody show up.”

Effective immediately, Stuhr will be open weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum will be closed to the public, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, until further notice.

“We are a nonprofit organization,” Hochstetler said. “We have to be good stewards of the dollars that we receive from our supporters, from the county, all of the donations we get, from our community, and sponsors. It was just prudent, wise thing to do is steward those dollars appropriately.”

The museum plans to offer virtual programming like they did back in March. If you’re interested in any holiday programming, you can find that HERE.

“We are truly grateful for the support that all of you have given us through these difficult times,” said Hochstetler.

For those who want to help the Stuhr return to normal operations in the spring, you can always purchase or renew your membership at or make a donation to the Stuhr’s annual fund drive.

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