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National Wrestling Hall of Fame to reopen July 13 with enhanced health and safety measures

By National Wrestling Hall of Fame | July 08, 2020, 3:44 p.m. (ET)

STILLWATER, Okla. - The National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that it would be reopening its museum on Monday, July 13.

The Hall of Fame will follow guidelines and recommendations from health and safety experts to help ensure the well-being of its visitors and staff.

“We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to the Hall of Fame, but we want to do so in a manner that ensures the safety of our visitors and our staff,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director. “We appreciate visitors understanding that the precautions that we are taking are to protect not only their health, but also the health of our community.”

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Visitors are requested to contact the museum in advance of their visit to make a reservation. Reservations can be made by telephone at (405) 377-5243 or by email at info@nwhof.org. In order to maintain social distancing, the number of visitors permitted in the museum at one time will be limited, so walkups may not be admitted for safety reasons.

The Hall of Fame will implement enhanced health and safety measures for all visitors and staff.

For everyone’s safety, face coverings (masks) must be worn at all times inside the museum. The face covering not only provides protection for you, but also protects others near you, to prevent those who may have the illness from unknowingly spreading COVID-19 to others.

Social distancing guidelines are encouraged, including maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet between individuals.

The Hall of Fame will regularly clean and disinfect the museum, with enhanced frequency in high-traffic and high-touch locations, such as interactive displays and kiosks, using EPA-approved disinfectants.

The Hall of Fame interactives will be available and cleaned using the high-touch protocols. Each museum guest will receive a complimentary stylus to use at the interactive digital kiosks during their visit.

Handwashing supplies will be restocked regularly in restroom facilities, and hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the museum.

The Hall of Fame asks that individuals who have a fever, or otherwise feel ill, do not visit the museum. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will not be admitted and should not visit the museum until they have no fever and no evidence of COVID-19 symptoms.

Hall of Fame Reopening Guidelines

  • Make advance reservation at (405) 377-5243 or info@nwhof.org
    • Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday
    • Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday
  • Visitors and staff MUST wear face coverings (masks) at ALL times
  • Social distancing guidelines - six feet between individuals - are encouraged
  • Museum will be regularly cleaned and disinfected with enhanced frequency in high-traffic and high-touch locations
  • Interactives will be available and cleaned using the high-touch protocols
  • Visitors will receive a complimentary stylus to use at the interactive digital kiosks during their visit
  • Individuals who have a fever, or otherwise feel ill, are asked to not visit the museum
  • Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will not be admitted

National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

America’s shrine to the sport of wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976 to honor the sport of wrestling, preserve its history, recognize extraordinary individual achievements, and inspire future generations. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has museums in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Waterloo, Iowa. The Stillwater, Oklahoma, location reopened in June 2016 following a $3.8 million renovation and now features interactive exhibits and electronic kiosks, as well as the opportunity to watch NCAA Championship matches from the 1930s to present day. It also has the John T. Vaughan Hall of Honors where the greatest names in wrestling are recognized, including iconic granite plaques presented to Distinguished Members since the Hall of Fame opened in 1976. The museum has the largest collection of wrestling artifacts and memorabilia in the world, including the most collegiate and Olympic wrestling uniforms. Wrestling truly is for everyone and the diversity and accessibility of the sport continues to be highlighted through exhibits featuring females, African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans. There is also a library featuring historical documents, including NCAA guides and results, as well as books on the sport. For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit www.NWHOF.org.