BANDON - Free Summer Sundays at the Bandon Historical Society Museum will begin Memorial Day weekend courtesy of the sponsorship of First Interstate Bank and the Best Western Inn at Face Rock.
Most of the year, the museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. but also opens on Sundays Memorial Day through the Cranberry Festival weekend. Thanks to the business sponsorships, Sundays will be free this summer.
“We hope the Free Summer Sundays will give out-of-town visitors a reason to linger a little longer at the end of a weekend but even more we want this program to give the local community another incentive to visit the museum,” said Museum Board President Jim Proehl.
“We are going to encourage children to plan a ‘Take the Family to the Museum Day,’ on a summer Sunday. We hope other groups will think about teaming with us for a Sunday event. Our outdoor space would be a good place for a sale or a demonstration during a time when the doors to the museum will be open and admission is free. Look for the museum to add some extra Sunday events,” said Proehl.
Museum volunteer Ann Remy led the effort to find sponsors for events, programs and projects at the museum. Some are sponsoring visible events such as speakers, educational programs, or free Sunday admission. Others are supporting more behind-the-scenes projects such as student employment, technical support, or photograph digitization.
“We appreciate both Ann Remy’s efforts to recruit business sponsors and the businesses that have stepped forward to help support museum programs,” said Museum Executive Director Gayle Nix.
Regular admission to the Bandon museum is $3 per visitor. Children are admitted free. The museum is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Fillmore Avenue.