Their doors now are open, but officials at several St. Joseph museums say attendance continues to be sluggish as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Now they are left searching for answers on how to get visitors inside while losing opportunities for bus tours and large group events.

The Patee House Museum has seen admissions drop by more than 50% compared to last summer. This has resulted in about a $90,000 drop in year-to-date revenue compared to last year. In 2020, the museum has made about $56,000 and had around $120,500 in expenses, according to Gary Chilcote, the museum’s director.

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