Oswego’s Little White School Museum plans to reopen Saturday, Aug. 1, but with restricted hours.

The museum is at 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk), two blocks from Oswego’s historic downtown business district.

“Previously, we were open seven days a week, but with area businesses and governmental agencies slowly opening in accord with the Restore Illinois guidelines, we’ll be open on a restricted basis until further notice,” said museum Director Roger Matile.

Current plans call for the museum to be open from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

“Even that schedule could be changed depending on what happens with COVID going forward,” Matile said.

Because of the unique challenges posed by the pandemic, museum visitors will be required to call ahead to reserve times to visit the museum gallery and core exhibit and whatever exhibit is available in the museum’s main room.

Reservations will be available for each hour from noon to 3 p.m., with visits limited to 45 minutes each to give staff time to clean before the next visitors arrive. The museum gallery will be limited to six visitors during each 45-minute time slot. The first hour of each day will be set aside for visits by seniors and other medically vulnerable people and their families.

People can make reservations by visiting the museum website, littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org, or by calling the museum at 630-554-2999 during the new open hours.

“Going forward, we will evaluate and adjust as this fluid situation continues,” museum Manager Tina Heidrich said. She added that the museum has been working closely [and] comparing notes with other small, Fox Valley area museums, as well as with the Illinois Association of Museums.

The museum’s exhibits recount the history of the Oswego area from prehistoric times to the present day. The Little White School Museum is a joint project of the Oswegoland Park District and the nonprofit Oswegoland Heritage Association.

Garden stroll

Although museum hours are limited, the museum grounds – Heritage Park – and the Heritage Garden featuring old-fashioned perennials are open for strollers to enjoy. The garden’s huge variety of plants is now in nearly full flower. The garden is maintained by volunteers from the Hilltop Garden Club.

For information, call the museum at 630-554-2999 during the new museum hours or email info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org.