Local Nonprofit Gardner Museum Reacts to Covid-19 Pandemic

Gardner Museum Forced to Cancel Seasonal Event Opens Fundraising Gift Shop in Response

GARDNER, MA. – Because of Covid-19, the Gardner Museum was forced to cancel their seasonal Festival of Trees event, but they’re not giving up that easy! Through donations from locals and businesses, the museum has been able to stay afloat by opening an additional gift shop that offers items such as seasonal wreaths and decorations.

Maureen, a museum volunteer and Gardner native, created many of the beautiful seasonal wreaths to raise money for the museum because she “wants to help preserve Gardner’s rich historical past”. Guests better hurry though, because many donated gift shop items have already been purchased, and there is no telling when the rest will be gone!

After visiting the gift shop, you can take a guided tour and learn about the city’s history for an unbeatable $3, it’s an experience that you will not get anywhere else. Who would have thought the original Boston Garden chairs came from this town?

Anyone interested in history is inspired to visit the museum and conduct research, as the museum offers many relevant historical documents and artifacts that can be studied. Students are also welcomed to work with the museum in terms of projects or internships assigned by their school.

When arriving at the museum, you can rest assured knowing that you are safe, because the museum requires all guests to wear a mask, deep cleans frequently, and has proper ventilation, meeting both Massachusetts and American Museum Guidelines.

Marion Knoll is the passionate Coordinator of this non-profit organization and expresses that “the Gardner Museum’s mission is the collection and preservation of material pertaining to the history of Gardner, and the sharing of knowledge and information relating to that history”. With this much passion, it’s safe to say that this museum will do whatever it takes to stay open for its beloved city.

Website: gardnermuseuminc.com

Museum Coordinator Marion Knoll pictured with gift shop items

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