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.
  • Visitors asked if they have recently knowingly been in contact with somebody diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Guests are admitted if they show signs of these symptoms or have been in close contact to somebody with COVID-19.
  • Staff and volunteers self-monitor symptoms and do 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 review a health screening checklist each time they come to work. Those with symptoms sent home.

Visitor Expectations 

Wash hands or use hand sanitizer (provided) at entry
  • Maintain minimum 6 feet distance from others outside your household. Social distancing reminders posted throughout building
  • Face coverings required for guests and staff. Disposable masks available for those who do not have their own face covering

Building Capacity

  • Limited capacity, adjusted based on circumstances but no greater than 50% capacity

Exhibits and Historic Buildings on Museum Campus

One-way traffic through exhibits
  • 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 available starting May 1
  • Private events at museum may be reserved starting May 1

  • Staffing

  • Minimum number of employees on site.

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

Updated 4/15/2021

    Calf is doing her part to protect visitors

    Front desk plexiglass barrier