January 16th, 2021

Fort Whoop-Up ready for visitors

By Jensen, Randy on June 29, 2020.

Galt Museum & Archives photo - Fort Interpreter Harrison Red Crow gives a guided tour to two guests.

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Fort Whoop-Up will once again open its gates to visitors on Tuesday, albeit, in a socially distanced, COVID-19 conscious fashion.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome visitors back to Fort Whoop-Up,” says CEO/executive director Darrin Martens in a news release.

“Reopening the Galt Museum & Archives has given us a lot of experience on how to reopen safely. We have hired our summer staff, and our whole team has been carefully planning how to ensure that the fort is as safe as possible.”

As with admission to the Galt, the fort has implemented ticketed admission. The tickets are the price of a regular adult admission, and visitors should purchase them on the fort’s website before arriving. The cost of admission includes a guided tour of the fort and a horse-drawn wagon ride through the river valley.

“Our online ticketing uses the same award-winning system that we launched earlier in the year for our school class bookings,” says Martens. “Each time slot has 10 tickets available, and those will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Tickets are available for time slots between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The fort will be closed to the public on Mondays for a more thorough cleaning.

The fort will maintain a capacity of only 10 visitors per time slot to ensure visitors have an extraordinary experience and follow social distancing guidelines, said the release. Guests must explore the fort as part of their personal guided group tour and they can hop on a wagon ride through the valley after the tour through the fort.

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