Discovery Center to re-open to the public July 1

The Discovery Center has announced plans to re-open to the public on July 1, including special safety procedures and entry requirements for visitors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The children’s museum will implement new policies and procedures based on guidance from the CDC and state and local health officials. Complete details are available at explorethedc.org/reopening.

Re-Opening Guidelines – At a Glance

Beginning July 1, the Discovery Center tentatively plans to re-open to the public at a maximum capacity of 75 visitors per admission period.

  • ADMISSION: All visitors must reserve/purchase admission tickets in advance and bring proof of purchase (either printed or electronic). No walk-in admission. Admission tickets can be purchased at explorethedc.org/reopening.
  • OPEN: Tuesday – Saturday. (Closed Sunday and Monday.)
  • HOURS: 1.5-hour timed ticket blocks:
    9:30 – 11 a.m. – Members Only (must reserve in advance)
    11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Paid/General Admission Only (must purchase in advance)
    1:30 – 3 p.m. – Paid/General Admission Only (must purchase in advance)
  • FACE COVERINGS: Required for ALL visitors age 4 and up while inside the museum, must be worn over mouth and nose. Not required for outdoor areas.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: Stay 6 feet apart from anyone not in your family/group.
  • PERSONAL BELONGINGS: With the exception of diaper bags and medical supplies (which will be checked in upon entry), no other personal belongings are permitted.
  • SCREENING: All visitors will be screened, including temperature and a signed waiver/certification stating you are not sick or have had recent virus exposure.
  • EXHIBITS: Some of our exhibits have been removed, closed or altered to reduce the risk of spreading contagions. The entire museum will be cleaned daily as well as between each of the timed ticket blocks.

Additional details regarding special cleaning procedures within the museum can be found in the museum’s “Comprehensive Re-Opening Plan” at explorethedc.org/reopening.

Free Outdoor Programs

Visitors are invited to attend free outdoor programming the weeks of June 15 and 22. Discovery Center educators will greet guests on the outdoor patio and conduct an activity at 10 a.m. and a Wetlands Walk at 2 p.m. each day, Monday-Friday.

NOTE: ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Additional upcoming events and programs at the Discovery Center:

Summer Campology

Don’t miss your chance to participate in our Campology sessions for the 2020 summer season, including coding camps! We have both in-person and online options. Space is limited, so register now! Info & registration»

NEW: Gift Shop Curbside Pick-up!

Discovery Center is making it easier to add new ways to explore, learn and play at home with drive-up, curbside service from the museum gift shop! It’s easy: Visit our online store, make your purchase, and pick up at the museum. Curbside service is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop now»

Book your Discovery Center birthday party now!

Have you ever wanted an entire museum to yourself? Discovery Center is now offering evening rentals of our museum! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, family reunion, or just an evening of play and exploration, Discovery Center is the place to be! More info»

Discovery at Home

During this time of “staying at home,” we’re so glad we get to connect with you via our Discovery at Home content, which includes weekly videos, activities and live online presentations!

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