The National Infantry Museum is happy to announce the museum will reopen to the public December 19 through January 10. The museum has been closed to the public since mid-March in an effort to protect visiting Soldiers from the potential threat of exposure to COVID-19. Units of young Soldiers have continued their training – which includes heritage training at the NIM – throughout the pandemic. To allow those visits to continue, the museum reached an agreement with the leadership at the Maneuver Center of Excellence to keep the museum thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. But the Soldiers are now preparing for their traditional Holiday Block Leave, a chance to spend time with their families at home. So, while they’re away, the museum can reopen to the public. Families who may be picking up their Soldiers for the holiday break are encouraged to spend a little extra time in Columbus to visit the museum. And locals will have the city’s #1 attraction and nation’s Best Free Museum to show off to visiting friends and family. The museum will remain stringent with its safety protocols. Masks will be required of all guests and social distancing between groups will be monitored. Housekeeping teams will regularly sanitize high-touch areas such as doors, handrails and countertops. Touch-screen displays will be inoperative.The Giant Screen Theater will be screening The Polar Express 3D on limited dates December 12-27. The Fife and Drum restaurant will not be open during this time, however the Rally Point Canteen concessions stand in the theater lobby will be well stocked with snacks and light meals. Admission to the NIM is free. Donations at the door are much appreciated, especially in this challenging time.