It’s been a very long time since Muskoka residents could visit museums or attend theatre in the region but all of that is about to change.
As Ontario moves into Step Three of its reopening, the Muskoka Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst and the Norwood Theatre in Bracebridge are both once again ready to reopen their doors.
“We’re excited and ready to go,” says John Miller, the president of the Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre.
The museum is set to open on Friday, with all of the necessary covid protocols in place and at the government-mandated limited capacity, which in the case of the Discovery Centre will be 150 people in the building at one time.
The Discovery Centre has been permitted to run their day camp since July 1, and will continue to do so.
Miller says the museum also has a new option available in the form of time ticketing. Museum patrons can now book their time in advance online and ensure they will be allowed in.
In addition to their permanent galleries, the museum will also have an art show beginning July 30, featuring work from the Muskoka Unlimited art collective; an exhibit on the impacts of climate change; and an exhibit on Ash Muskoka – a group working under the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed banner on a project to create Canada’s first non-industrial wood ash recycling program for calcium replenishment in Muskoka’s soil and water.
Meanwhile in Bracebridge, the Norwood Cinema is advertising on their marquee and on their website that they will be reopening on Friday, July 16 as well.
Under Step 3 of the province’s reopening, cinemas can operate at a maximum capacity of 50 per cent inside each auditorium and a cap of 1,000 people within the entire building.
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