May 5, 2020
CONTACT: Jan Galt
MARIETTA - Due to the ongoing public health crisis because of COVID-19, the Marietta Museum of History has been closed to the public since March 18, 2020. Being housed in the three-story Kennesaw House the staff has continued to report to work as they are easily able to observe social distancing and other CDC recommendations.
You might wonder what the staff does when they are not open to the public. This staff has stayed very busy! They have worked to thoroughly clean all three levels of the building. The staff has been deep cleaning exhibits. (It is amazing how dusty an old building can be.) The Museum’s curator has been examining exhibits, updating text panels, and rearranging artifacts. The collections manager has continued to research, catalog and preserve the Museum’s artifact collection. The museum assistant has been organizing the research files and library. With help from the City of Marietta’s facilities staff, the Museum has eliminated trip hazards along with addressing electrical and lighting issues. With support from the City and the Friends of Marietta History Foundation the Museum has started refreshing gallery spaces. The Museum Store has a fresh new look, too! (If you would like to purchase something prior to reopening, call Jan @ 770-794-5712 to place an order and arrange shipping. Members will continue to receive their discount.)
Regarding Museum Memberships, when the Museum has established a reopening date, new membership cards will be issued to members who have joined or renewed since January 1, 2020 with an extended expiration date that collates with the amount of time the Museum is closed.
One of the biggest accomplishments for the Museum is the continuance of their mission to engage the public in local history. The staff has utilized social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Linked-In, and YouTube to create virtual tours of local landmarks, districts and historical events.
The Museum staff thanks the City of Marietta and the community for their continued support in its mission:
Preserve and display the artifacts from Marietta and Cobb County and their role in world history.
Provide an educational, enlightening, and entertaining experience for all visitors.
Promote discovery, curiosity, inspiration, and learning for people of all ages.
Partner with our community to help make it a desirable place to live, work, and play.