New timed entry system at Ellarslie

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Dear Friends,
With enormous appreciation for all who have helped the Trenton Museum Society and the Trenton City Museum with financial support and steadfast encouragement and engagement since we closed in March, we have great news! Thanks to you, we will reopen to the public Saturday, September 26, with the new exhibitions “On the Forefront: Trenton’s Jr. 1, 1916” and “The Conversation Continues.”


To support a safe and healthy environment, we will phase back in with several protocols:

  • We will maintain a reduced schedule, with the museum and Molly’s Museum Store open Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 pm, Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, and some select days as with our Meet the Artist Weekend for The Conversation Continues
  • We will follow now commonplace measures such as physical distancing, mandatory masking, plentiful hand sanitizer, and a plexiglass barriers and gloves in Molly’s Museum Store
  • We will accommodate up to 25 persons in the museum at a given time, and ask you to sign up ahead of time with the SignUp Genius links.


Receptions, lectures, and music events over the coming months will be different from before the pandemic emerged:

  • Some events may be virtual, such a history talk via Zoom or a Curators’ Talk such as the one we created for If These Quilts Could Talk. We are excited about the possibilities that open up through these technologies!
  • Some events such as a meet-the-artists reception may be spaced over the course of a few days to ensure smaller, more socially distanced gatherings
  • Some events may take the form of a hybrid, for example a jazz concert that is both digitally streamed on the veranda while performed before a small, distanced outdoor audience
  • We decided to cancel our annual Holiday Boutique, originally scheduled for November 14 and 15, in favor of offering sales of select boutique vendors’ items on a new store platform we are now working on
  • For the time being, food or drink will not be provided during any in-person gatherings

Our plans will, no doubt, evolve. Please reach out any time with your comments, suggestions, and questions.

We can’t wait to see you, and hope you and yours stay well,
Joan Perkes, President
Trenton Museum Society