The Sazerac House, an interactive museum celebrating New Orleans’ cocktail history, joins other museums reopening in New Orleans after coronavirus shutdowns.
Under Phase Two guidelines, museums in New Orleans are allowed to open at 50 percent capacity with staggered admission using an appointment or reservation system.
The Sazerac House, located on the corner of Canal Street and Magazine Street, is set to reopen on July 1, according to a press release.
With the City now in Phase Two of its reopening, the Sazerac House can get back to sharing samples and traditions, as well as in-person tours of the process of making spirits like Sazerac Rye and Peychaud’s Bitters.
As part of its reopening strategy, the Sazerac House says it will implement frequent sanitation, regular guest and employee wellness checks and other guidelines that promote social distancing.
While the Sazerac House will still offer complimentary admission, timed tickets via the website will be required.
During the initial phase of reopening, the Sazerac House will open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m., with the last tour occurring at 4:20 pm.
Timed ticketing will allow for eight guests every 20 minutes, with a total of 112 guests each day. All tours will be guided with a Sazerac House staff member, and sanitation of each space will take place between each group, museum officials say.
Many of the Sazerac House exhibits feature interactive touch screens. Now, museum officials require gloves and a stylus, provided by the Sazerac House, for interaction with these touch screens. Sampling stations will be in full operation, with disposable cups.
In addition, the Distillery Exhibit will be fully functional, and guests will be able to see the process of making Sazerac Rye first-hand.
Sazerac House has a series of signature events, and during the initial reopening phase, those events will happen virtually. There will be no event rentals or in-house signature events during the initial reopening phase, the release said.
Museum officials say they will monitor guidance from local, state and federal resources to determine the next phases of reopening, potentially allowing for larger groups of tours and for in-person events.
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