Louisville Zoo, other Kentucky venues announce opening dates


If you’ve been tired of sitting around at home, you’ll soon have options of things to visit in Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear gave the green light for educational and cultural activities to open starting Monday.

 The Louisville Zoo announced it will open Friday for members only.

“Everyone will be coming on a time ticket, even our members,” Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak said. “The key is opening and everyone’s concern is safety.”

That means you have to book the time and day that you want to visit the zoo.  The zoo will operate with a reduced capacity of 100 guests per hour. 

“Everyone needs to go online to our website louisvillezoo.org and from there you can reserve your time to go to the zoo,” Walczak said. “Members we are asking them to consider if they could come once a week. We are starting at about 10 percent of a model day.”

The Zoo will reopen to general admission ticket purchasers on June 26.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday for members only. Tickets for general admission will go on sale on June 20.  

Things at the zoo that will remain closed are the indoor exhibits, playgrounds, splash grounds, and sculpture gardens. There will be limited outdoor walk-up concessions open. In order to encourage social distancing, guests will be asked to follow a one-way route through the zoo.

“We feel like it’s important to take every step safetly and not start too agressively and have to back up,” Walczak. “Time ticketing will allow us to control crowds coming into the zoo.”

The Zoo will be cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas frequently. All of the restrooms will be open with step-and-pull entry or touchless access. Zoo staff and markers will be present to help encourage social distancing.

Zoo staff will have mandatory temperature checks as they arrive to work. The zoo says all staff in public areas will wear masks. The zoo is strongly encouraging guests to wear masks as well. Zoo keepers will continue to wear masks around vulnerable animal populations.

For more information on the zoo opening click here.

The Frazier History Museum will reopen Thursday.

“We are repurposing the way that the museum has done business,” Frazier History Museum President and CEO Andy Treinen said. “We had to invest in recreating a number of our exhibits because a lot of these exhibits are interactive.”

The Frazier also will be limiting the number of guests allowed in the museum. For more information on the Frazier History opening click here.

The Louisville Slugger Museum and Tours also will reopen Thursday. For more information click here.

Monday was the first day back on track for the Kentucky Derby Museum. The museum has undergone commercial-grade cleaning, exhibits and all surfaces will be conducted continuously throughout the day. The Museum will be closed Tuesdays for deep additional cleaning. Tour capacity is limited to allow for proper social distancing. The Derby Museum is keeping  touchscreen exhibits open by giving guests a disposable stylus pen. This allows guests to still use the screens without touching them with their hands.

For more information on the Derby Museum opening click here.

The Muhammad Ali Center told WAVE 3 News that it plans to reopen on July 1.

Kentucky Science Center will not open this week. It will instead open for Summer Camp on June 15.  The Science Center anticipates reopening in July.  The Science Center is also exploring the idea of limiting the number of people who can be in the building at a given time, buying tickets in advance with timed entry, continuously cleaning of high touch points within the building, and a shut down period in the middle of the day for additional cleaning. 

The Louisville Free Public Library is still closed to in-person visits. The Newport Aquarium is also still closed. 


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