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Blennerhassett reopening planned

Blennerhassett Island Regional History Museum to reopen May 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, the Blennerhassett Island Regional History Museum will be opening for business. The museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The cost of admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. The museum is located at 137 Juliana Street, Parkersburg. For more information, you may call the facility at 304-420-4800.

New features this year include a display of Fenton Carnival Glass, an exhibit of Mid-Ohio Valley Railroad items, and a collection of DeSales Heights Academy ephemera. The museum also has a section dedicated to the area’s riverboat history. The Stahl Collection, which was once on display at Parkersburg High School, is now housed at the museum and is a highlight of the areas Native American artifacts.

The Blennerhassett Island Historical Foundation operates a gift shop as a way to support its mission of helping the island and museum facilities. The gift shop highlights many West Virginia made items including, wooden kitchen utensils from Allegheny Treenware, Blue Smoke Salsa, and Smith’s Rock Candy from St. Marys. The gift shop also features one of the area’s best book collections for West Virginia themed books and area authors.

The museum will be following current guidelines set by the state for the number of individuals allowed in the space at any given time. The current guidelines will allow us to have 30 people in the museum at a time. We will be following a more diligent cleaning and sanitizing schedule to help with the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. At this time the Island Belle and the Island Park’s facilities are not open to visitors. We will be announcing the opening when the Governor and the state health representatives announce that it is safe for visitors to congregate and enjoy the experience of the island.

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