More museums announce temporary closures as COVID-19 cases increase

More museums announce temporary closures as COVID-19 cases increase
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum is at 826 N. Second St. in Memphis. (Source: WMC)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Pink Palace, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum and W.C Handy Museum have decided to temporarily close as COVID-19 cases increase in Shelby County.

The museums released statements Wednesday attributing the decision to Shelby County’s new health directive.

The Pink Palace and its properties Lichterman Nature Center, Mallory-Neely House and Magevney House, are closed Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. through Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets for exhibits, including the Enchanted Forest, events or attractions taking place during this timeframe will be refunded at the Pink Palace box office.

The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum will remain closed until further notice. The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum is located in Downtown Memphis on North Second Street near Chelsea Avenue.

Slave Haven Museum in Memphis gives unique perspective on the Underground Railroad

The W.C. Handy Memphis Home & Museum at Beale and Fourth Street is closed until further notice.

On Tuesday, the Stax Museum of American Soul and the National Civil Rights Museum announced their temporary closures as coronavirus cases increase in Shelby County.

Stax will close Wednesday at 5 p.m. and reopen Jan. 5 at 10 a.m.

NCRM will extend their closure Dec. 26 until further notice.

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