August 10, 2020
Welcome Back to the Colorado Model Railroad Museum!
We’ve missed you! The trains are ready for you to enjoy.
While many things have changed this year, our commitment to our Mission to provide a model railroad experience that educates, inspires and brings joy to all ages has not wavered. During the time the museum was closed we adapted and brought you virtual education through our “STEAM Kids Virtual Classroom” with fun activities for the whole family exploring science themes. We also partnered with Caboose in Denver to bring modelers together through the weekly virtual show, “OS Virtual Check-In.” Our Executive Director took you on a virtual tour of the museum artifacts on Facebook, we made some changes and improvements to the building, and our Board of Directors and staff worked to create a safe environment for you to return to when our doors open again. We have been busy!
We feel confident we can now provide our guests with a safe and enjoyable visit.
There are some things you will need to know in order to visit the museum now. Here are some of the changes:
You need to buy your timed entry ticket online.
We are operating at a very limited capacity for safety so you will need to make sure you purchase your timed entry ticket online before you arrive to guarantee there is capacity for you to visit. Tickets will be available in two week windows. Members will use the same online ticketing system. When you enter your member number your admission will be complimentary to your membership package.
Buy Tickets Online Here: https://www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/cmrm/
You need to wear a mask.
In order to provide for the safety of both our guests and our staff and volunteers we are requiring that visitors wear a mask during their visit.
You need to sanitize your hands.
We are providing hand sanitizer at the entrance to the museum and require that each guest uses this station before proceeding into the building. We also will have sanitizer available throughout the building and guests may wash their hands at any time and as often as they would like.
You need to social distance.
Did you know that the diameter of one wheel on Union Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 844, the “Living Legend”, is a little more than 6 feet? There are even “railroad” ways to social distance and we ask that all our guests practice at least 6’ social distancing. We have also taped directional pathway signs to our floor. Some areas are one-way traffic to ensure social distancing.
Museum changes for your Safety:
- The museum has been deep cleaned and sanitized before opening and has a cleaning protocol in place to ensure guest safety during your visit.
- The “Little Shop That Could” gift shop is now a window shopping experience for guest safety. Please feel free to browse the cabinets and store front windows during your visit and let a staff member know if you would like to purchase anything.
- Some experiences and common areas have been temporarily closed. We no longer have a children’s touchable play area, but we now have an exhibit on model structures for you to look at. The caboose is also temporarily closed for safety precautions but there is a new simulator experience you can view just behind the caboose. There are many new exhibit features and even a new surprise train you will see on the layout and we are excited for you to come and see them.
We appreciate our Members and Guests and hope you will understand we are striving to provide the safest possible visitor experience for you and your family.
- If you are experiencing a cough, fever, or other flu like symptoms, please plan to visit the museum at a different date. If you already have purchased a ticket, please call the museum and we can get your ticket moved to a different date in the future.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. If you do not own a mask the museum can provide one for you. Costume masks are not acceptable.
- Social Distance both outside and inside the facility. We realize this may make your visit a little longer due to some of the museum’s narrower walkways that are now one-way pathways… but remember you are here to enjoy a miniature world so take a moment to stop and soak in the scenery if you are feeling impatient.
- Wash your hands. Or use the hand sanitizer found throughout the building.
- See something, say something. Please notify staff or volunteers if see something that needs attention. Safety is our top priority and with your help we can have a safe environment for everyone.
Visitors and members that have underlying health conditions or are otherwise concerned about contracting COVID-19 should not visit the Museum.
We are excited to have you safely back!
June 6, 2020
Following current Colorado Public Health Order, “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors”, the Colorado Model Railroad Museum remains closed. The CMRM Board will consider establishing a reopening date at their July Board meeting.
At a special meeting of the Board of Directors on Saturday, June 6th, the CMRM Board completed a complete walk through of the museum. In compliance with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment “FIFTH AMENDED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-28 SAFER AT HOME AND IN THE VAST, GREAT OUTDOORS June 2, 2020,” the Board decided CMRM will remain closed through the next Board meeting in July at a minimum. The safety of the staff, volunteers, and visitors who enjoy the museum is of the utmost priority at this time.
Though our doors remain closed to visiting our Mission to “educate, inspire, and bring joy to all ages” continues. During this time the CMRM is full steam ahead with the STEAM Kids Virtual Classroom which provides weekly science lessons combined with activities that are done in the home. We recently completed STEAM kits for over 750 children for the upcoming months of summer. June is focused on Structures and Engineering, July will be all about Nature, and August is learning Flight and Aerodynamics. If you would like more information about how to get your family involved please email Outreach and Youth Director, Mistie Trefry at email@example.com for more information.
For those who have visited the museum in the past, you will be pleasantly surprised by the new flooring in the museum lobby, creating a depot feel for the entire entry area. The “Little Shop that Could” has been re-structured into a no-touch environment and looks very nice and easy to see the items on the shelves. Our Protocols for Opening are in place and ready to go when we get the green light to open our doors again. We are looking forward to welcoming guests in again soon!