4/13/2020 – Message from the Executive Director:
Like everyone, Castle in the Clouds has been following the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We worry about the health and safety of our visitors and team and are doing our best to predict and plan for the short- and long-term effects on our business. We have made the difficult but necessary decisions that businesses across the globe are grappling with: having our staff work remotely, cancelling programs and activities, and watching closely the predictions from experts about when we might be able to return to some semblance of normal operations.
With the uncertainty about the timeline of the pandemic, making these decisions is not easy nor taken lightly. After much consideration we have determined that it is in the best interest of the Castle, our visitors, and our team to delay opening the historic buildings for the 2020 operating season. At this time we do not anticipate starting Castle tours, food service in the Carriage House Restaurant, or educational programming until July 1, 2020. We will continue to monitor guidance from local, state, and national experts, and hope, but do not expect, that we will be able to offer modified or limited Castle activities before that date. The best way to stay abreast of our operating plans is by following the Castle on social media or visiting castleintheclouds.org.
We love sharing the story of the Castle and the people who lived and worked here with our guests. In an effort to do that, and to help bridge the gap between now and when we can safely reopen, our team has been developing and rolling out new on-line Castle experiences that are free for anyone to explore. These include video tours of the Castle, digital versions of recent exhibits, a blog highlighting interesting stories, and family friendly activities to help while away the hours while practicing safe social distancing. I encourage you to check out the Virtual Library page of our website frequently to see the newest offerings.
We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy, and look forward to seeing you at the Castle as soon as we are able to welcome you here.
Castle in the Clouds