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Covid 19 protocol

We are opening Saturday, May 30 with our regular hours through Labor Day. However, we are making safety adjustments because of covid-19. If you have been exposed to covid-19 in the last 14 days or have had a fever and felt unwell in the last 14 days, please delay your visit until later in the summer. All of our guests will be required to wear a mask and unless a group is part of the same household, only 4 guests will be allowed in the museum and 4 guests allowed in the mine at one time. We will maintain social distancing throughout the tour for everyone's safety. Our tours are given on the half hour and because we are limiting group size you might want to call ahead to reserve a time. We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Come to the Circus! An early Wisconsin circus owner’s life size image will greet our 2020 summer visitors wishing to experience some old time circus fun this season. Our new circus “hole” photo board will help you capture memories of your museum visit when you are photographed with your head in the lion’s mouth. Inside, several stretched canvases depicting a 1909 circus in Shullsburg will aid in illustrating stories about early circuses. Circus videos will be available for viewing. The tour will include stories of the significance of circuses to early miners while you are underground. Finally, before departing you will want to visit our gift shop as we have added circus animal head bands, slap on bracelets and face masks to our inventory. Additionally, cotton candy, animal crackers, and large candy suckers can be reasonably purchased along with our standard items of lead, gold and silver suspended in bottles, geodes and trilobites.