Duluth's Lake Superior Railroad Museum interactive exhibits go touchless

The Depot is scheduled to reopen July 1.

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The sign on the Depot in Duluth refers to the trains of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and the North Shore Scenic Railroad. (News Tribune file photo)

The Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth has begun installing new touchless switches on its interactive displays.

The touchless switches are replacing the push buttons, which have to be repeatedly sanitized, on over 30 different interactive displays to eliminate physical contact. The new touchless switches are activated by waving a hand over them within 2-4 inches above the faceplate.

"Interactive museum exhibits are highly educational and certainly much more fun. Not having them available to the public when we reopen would greatly limit the visitor experience," Executive Director Ken Buehler said in a news release.

Signage will be put in place to inform museum patrons of the new technology. St. Louis County's Health Department and property management are working on ways the Depot, where the museum is located, can reopen safely. The Depot is set to reopen July 1.

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