JAMESTOWN – Over a dozen attractions in Jamestown are opening their doors and offering free admission to locals on Saturday as part of “Doors Open Jamestown”.
The annual event, which went virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce to give those across Chautauqua County a chance to visit local museums and attractions.
“I have a little girl, we are excited to go out to the Audubon (Community Nature Center), she loves nature so that looks like exciting, as well as RTPI (Roger Tory Peterson Institute) and the Prendergast Library is also opening up their “maker space” which looks like a great time,” said Swanson.
As Jamestown Community Coordinator Carrie Swanson tells us, this year over a dozen venues are taking part, from historical institutions like the Fenton History Center to cultural hotspots like the National Comedy Center.
“A lot of the attractors were excited to open their doors,” continued Swanson. “There are a few that are requiring reservations, the National Comedy Center, which is currently full, the Lucy Desi Museum, which as of last I knew were not full, and the Marvin House were requiring reservations.”
In addition to free admission, participants also have the chance to win prizes via a scavenger hunt.
“Folks will be able to text a code word at each of the locations, to gain entries into winning four prize packages,” explains Swanson. “As of right now, we have a 30-minute plane ride from the Lucille Wright Air Museum, we also have a family membership from RTPI, there is lots of great prizes up for grabs.”
With all of the economic hardships over the last years, the Chamber of Commerce says it is more important than ever to shop local. An aspect this event intends to highlight.
“We all know that they have had a tough couple of years, so anyway we can provide that extra support to them is huge,” furthered Swanson.