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Berkshire Museum Enters Next Reopening Phase

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum will implement its third phase of reopening Monday, Sept. 14. 
 
The Berkshire Museum, which began a phased reopening on Aug. 1, will start phase of their reopening process that will bring changes to the museum’s available gallery experiences.
 
This includes the departure of "The Art of Warner Bros.," which has been on view at the museum since January. 
 
In addition to the museum’s Aquarium, exhibitions on view will now include "Berkshire Backyard," "Rocks and Minerals," "Animals of the World in Miniature" and the "Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation."
 
Galleries will be modified temporarily to reduce touchpoints and only one family unit (up to six individuals who have been distancing together) will be permitted in each gallery at a time, allowing visitors to safely enjoy the museum throughout their 90-minute reservation.
 
The museum expects this next phase to last between three and four weeks.
 
The downtown Pittsfield museum will continue to operate by reservation five days per week: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sundays, noon to 5 pm. 
 
Timed tickets for phase 3 may be reserved beginning Thursday, Sept. 10 at noon. Guests are encouraged to make reservations here or by calling 413.443.7171 ext. 360. Additional information about the measures the Berkshire Museum is taking to ensure the safety of their visitors and staff can be reviewed here.
 
Upcoming exhibitions include "Art of the Hills: Narrative," scheduled to debut in the museum’s galleries Oct. 10, 2020. A virtual version of the show, which opened with an online event in early June, is currently on view at explore.berkshiremuseum.org/art-of-the-hills-narrative. Additional details about the physical exhibition will follow.
 
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Pittsfield Seeks Input For Draft Bicycle Facilities Master Plan

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is requesting public input for its draft Bicycle Facilities Master Plan.
 
The plan aims to establish a safe, comfortable and connected bicycle network throughout the city that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
 
"With this project, the City of Pittsfield is taking a significant step in its steadfast commitment to plan and implement a safe and accessible citywide network for people who bike for various reasons to a range of destinations throughout Pittsfield," City Planner CJ Hoss said. "The development of this master plan will be a collaborative process, and we are seeking to hear from the community."
 
The master plan will allow the city to develop a long-term citywide vision for a bicycle network and grow beyond a "one-street-at-a-time" planning approach, Hoss said. The city has retained Kittleson and Associations Inc., a nationally renowned transportation focused consulting firm, to lead this project.
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