Hours of Operation
Please note new hours and days of operation
The Historic Site and Visitor Center are open April 30 – December 31.
Old Economy Village is open for tours Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tours are every half hour from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The number of visitors on each tour is limited. Please call (724) 266-4500 in advance to ensure your place on a tour. All tours are led by a docent and last approximately two hours.
What to Expect at Old Economy Village
Staff will remain in compliance with safety protocols.
- Please visit the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Welcome Back page to learn about what to expect at all PHMC facilities.Staff and volunteers must stay home if ill or if a family member is ill, exposed to someone with COVID-19, or travelled to another state with a high number of cases.
- The Village may begin a phased opening for visitation and tours by appointment. Staff will need to lead tours until volunteers are allowed back and or have a comfort level for doing so.
- The tour path will be modified with doorway barriers and stanchions as necessary to guide visitors and protect exhibits. In areas that are not limited by barriers, exterior doors will be kept open when possible and fans used to increase air circulation. Participants will be required to maintain a distance of 6’ between each individual.
- Increased cleaning and safety protocols in place as visitors begin to come back.
- Visitors will be asked to schedule tours in advance, but we will make every effort to accommodate walk in visitation as well. Tours will be scheduled on the half hour and the hour beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last tour at 2:00 p.m.
- Tour content and path is being revised to accommodate social distancing requirements.
- Tours will be limited to a maximum of 5-6 people at a time. If a larger family group arrives, these will be divided into two groups of equal size.
- We will request visitor registration to obtain name, address, phone, and email address should contact tracing become necessary.
- Tours will last between two and two and one-half hours but may be longer if visitation numbers and staffing allow for extended time on site.
- Paid staff and volunteers will be used to provide adequate tour coverage.
- One greeter will be stationed at the Visitor Center front desk to greet visitors and to handle admissions.
- FOEV staff will cover the Museum Store in the Feast Hall at the conclusion of each tour. Four visitors will be allowed in the store at one time so that social distancing can be maintained.
- Directional signage will be used in the Visitor Center exhibit galleries, as well as in the Natural History Museum to ensure social distancing. Capacities in the Visitor Center will be: Permanent Exhibit Gallery – 10, Temporary Exhibit Gallery – 10, Orientation Room – 10, and Classroom – 12 to 20 depending upon the setup.
- Guests will be asked to refrain from touching artifacts and display cases. At the beginning of each tour, we will review the protocols in place to protect both the visitor and the museum.
- Masks and hand sanitizing upon entry will be required of visitors. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be located in the Visitor Center, Feast Hall, and additional places throughout the site. Docents will carry hand sanitizer for distribution to visitors as needed.
- Three hand sanitizer stations will be installed – one in the Visitor Center, one in the Feast Hall, and one in the George Rapp Kitchen. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be strategically placed around the site. Docents will carry hand sanitizer for distribution to visitors as needed.
- Hand sanitizer bottles will be stationed throughout the Museum and at all workstations. Workstations will also have disinfecting wipes.
- Staff and volunteers will be trained in the importance of washing hands, sanitizing, and other protocols. Additional breaks will be incorporated into the workday so staff and volunteers can frequently wash hands.
- Signage for hand washing will be posted in bathrooms and kitchen areas.
- Daily cleaning: Primary cleaning will take place at the end of the workday – between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A secondary cleaning, if warranted by visitation numbers, will take place from 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
- Workstations – clean keyboards, mice, printing and scanning equipment, and phones with disinfectant wipes or appropriate spray/rags.
- POS station and credit card machine disinfected many times per day. Writing implements used by the public shall be disinfected after each use.
- Restrooms – wipe down all surfaces and fixtures with bleach or disinfectant spray and paper towels, and disinfect toilets and brushes used. Limit stalls and urinals to maintain social distancing.
- Wipe down all handrails, door hardware, light switches, keypads, etc.
- Display cases will be wiped down with a dilute bleach solution after a five-minute wait, followed by a Plexiglas cleaner to remove bleach and dirt. Rags will be washed after each use.
- Once the Village is reopened to the public, researchers will be allowed to schedule appointments with the Curator—primarily on days when the site is not open to the public. Researcher access will be limited due to available space in the Reference Library and/or Conference Room. All regular protocols for visitors will be followed.
- Use of archival material and access to artifacts will be left to the Curator’s discretion. Some items might not be able to be cleaned and therefore access will be denied during the pandemic.
- Artifact donations will be accepted by the Curator in the Visitor Center Classroom. These will be scheduled in advance. All regular protocols for visitors will be followed.
- All rentals have been canceled through December 31, 2021.
- Once facility rentals are permitted and adequate personnel are available to manage rentals, all potential renters will be advised of the safety protocols required for rentals. These will be in accordance with the PA Department of Health and CDC guidelines.
- Supervisor is notified of possible exposure, or presence of symptoms
- Staff member is sent home or visitor is asked to leave the site
- Staff member or visitor is asked to consult with a health care provider to determine if they have COVID-19
- Normal cleaning is undertaken as a precautionary measure
- If staff member/visitor is found to have COVID-19 then the site is closed to the public and a deep cleaning takes place.
- All employees and volunteers that have been onsite and in close contact with the individual are notified that they were exposed to COVID-19
- OEV will notify Department of Health and provide any contract tracing information available
- Once site is reopened employee temperatures are taken prior to entry, if above 100.4° F employee is sent home
- Infected employee follows OA HR guidance about returning to work
To view the Historic 19th Century Village
You must purchase your ticket at the Visitor Center. Friends of Old Economy Village members and Ambridge Resident Pass holders must present their card at the Visitor Center. After watching the 13-minute video, guests may walk or drive 2 blocks to the historic site. Guests will begin their visit to the historic site by entering the gate closest to the Frederick Rapp House. Tours are completely led by a docent until further notice.
In keeping with the guidelines of the PHMC, individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodation to participate in this program at Old Economy Village should call (724) 266-4500 in advance to discuss their needs. Pennsylvania TDD relay service is available at (800) 654-5984.