COVID-19 Response

Chippewa Valley Museum has developed procedures to make its public spaces as accessible as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic while also reducing risks for those visiting and working inside its buildings. The procedures detailed below were reviewed and approved by the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. Procedures will change as the impact of the pandemic increases or decreases within the community. 

prevention reminders

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into an elbow 
  • Put distance -- at least 6 feet --  from others outside your household
  • Wear masks when it is not possible to keep physically distant from others
  • Avoid others who are sick

Health Screening 

  • Front entrance signage asks visitors if they have any symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills or muscle aches, or congestion or runny nose.
  • Museum staff will ask visitors if they have recently knowingly been in contact with somebody diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Guests will not be admitted if they show signs of these symptoms or have been in close contact to somebody with COVID-19.
  • Staff and volunteers will self-monitor symptoms and not come into building if they exhibit symptoms or have tested as or had contact with a positive case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Staff and volunteers will review a health screening checklist each time they come to work. Those that have symptoms will be sent home.

Visitor Expectations 

Guests asked to wash hands or use hand sanitizer (provided) at entry
  • Guests and staff are to maintain minimum 6 feet distance - social distancing reminders will be posted throughout building
  • Face coverings required for guests and staff. Disposable masks available for those who do not have their own face covering
  • Museum visit appointments encouraged.
  • Walk-ins welcome if museum is below building capacity

Building Capacity

  • Group size: 9 or fewer
  • Limited capacity, adjusted based on circumstances but no greater than 25% capacity

Exhibits and Historic Buildings on Museum Campus

One-way traffic through exhibits
  • History Quest exhibit closed
  • Majority of hands-on activities in exhibits removed
  • Displays with push buttons have a hand sanitizer station. Guests asked use hand sanitizer before and after touching buttons.
  • Log House and Sunnyview School House closed for winter months.
  • Ice Cream Parlor temporarily closed.


  • A sanitizing cleaning solution approved to kill coronavirus and cloth will be used to wipe down high-touch surfaces during the day and when museum closes. Solution will be changed 1 - 2x daily depending upon visitor traffic.
  • High-touch surfaces cleaned every 30-60 minutes 
  • Shared spaces will be cleaned between shifts using cleaning solution

  • Private events and rentals

  • Schlegelmilch House at 517 S. Farwell available for rental. Guests expected to follow local health department recommendations.
  • Meeting rooms unavailable
  • Private events at museum on hold until further notice.

  • Staffing

  • Paid staff at front desk only. No volunteers.
  • Minimum number of employees on site.

Changes to procedures will occur at the recommendation of the Eau claire city-county health department 

    Calf is doing her part to protect visitors

    Front desk plexiglass barrier