As per local tradition, Memorial Day will once again mark the beginning of Tooele County’s summer museum season.
In Grantsville, the Grantsville Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum and the Donner-Reed Museum, will celebrate a combined season opening on Memorial Day, with both museums opening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, said Coralie Lougy, director of the Grantsville DUP Museum.
The Grantsville DUP Museum has several new artifacts to showcase this summer, Lougy said, as well as all the old favorites.
“We have a pretty full museum, so there’s a lot to look at,” she said.
After Memorial Day, Lougy said a collaboration between the DUP and the Donner-Reed Museum should make it possible to open both museums for public tours on a regular basis.
For the last several years, the Donner-Reed Museum has opened by appointment only for private tours, because the museum has not had enough trained volunteers to give tours on a regular basis.
Both the Grantsville DUP Museum, which is located in the basement of the J. Reuben Clark farmhouse, and the Donner-Reed Museum will hold regular hours every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. after Memorial Day, Lougy said. The museums may also open with extended hours for special events this summer.
Likewise, the Tooele County DUP Museum, located in Tooele City on Vine Street, will also open for the season beginning this Friday. The museum will be open Friday, Saturday and Monday in recognition of Memorial Day weekend, said Lynne Bevan, president of the Tooele County Company of the DUP, and will be open every Friday and Saturday thereafter. The museum will also open with extended hours for July 4, July 24 and Labor Day.
In addition, Bevan said the Tooele DUP museum encourages the use of its facilities for group tours, civic events, and family history research this summer. For example, the museum will host a scout court of honor next week.
Other local museums, including the Tooele Valley Railroad Museum and the Ophir Historic District, will open later this year. The railroad museum will open for the season on Tuesday, May 27, and will hold regular hours from 1–4 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.
The Ophir Historic District, which has just completed renovating its historic school house, will open on May 31. The historic district will be open for public tours every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this summer.