Museum Cleaning Procedures

Cleanliness and safety are critical components to our reopening. Our team is following procedures for sanitation as recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes wiping down and cleaning exhibits every hour of operation and thorough cleaning and sanitation of the entire museum every morning before opening. All high-touch areas are sanitized frequently, including exhibits, SMALLab wands,sinks, seats, doors, employee common areas, etc. All these actions are performed by staff wearing gloves and masks. Museum doors are regularly kept open to allow the circulation of fresh air, and several air purifiers have also been installed.

All staff interacting within 6 feet of the public wear a mask to prevent the spread of airborne germs and will maintain physical distancing when possible.

Guest Safety 

The safety of our guests, staff, and animals remains our highest priority, and we will maintain strict safety protocols throughout our reopening. Following the Governor's guidelines, the museum will only operate at 50% capacity.


We ask before coming to the museum that if you or anyone in your party is experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms to please reschedule your visit for the safety of staff and other museum guests: cough, fever, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

In order to provide proper social distancing, guests will enter one side of the gallery and exit on the other. To allow six feet of space between groups or families, not all museum exhibits will be functional. Markers will indicate six feet of space between exhibits. Please do not congregate in groups larger than 10 people while using one exhibit. 


Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the museum. We require guests sanitize or wash their hands upon entry and exit. We have several sanitizing stations set up around the gallery. Beginning July 20, anyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask while inside the museum. We have complimentary masks available for use at check in. We are following the CDC's guidelines for face coverings, so please check their website for current considerations, feasibility, and adaptations.

At this time, we will only accept credit card payments. No cash. This is to minimize interaction between front desk staff and guests. Our credit card reader will be sanitized between each use. For guests that prefer a completely touch-free ticketing option, general admission tickets can be purchased online through our Square account website. Please check in with the front desk when you arrive so we can confirm your online passes.

To reduce interactions between guests and staff, our normal summer programming will look a little different this year. Our Creature Features and Chem Demos will only be visual in nature to allow for social distancing (access to both presentations included with general admission pricing). Due to the nature of SMALLab, guests will be required to wear gloves (provided) while using SMALLab wands.


Reservations are required for the following activities:

-SMALLab Learning (access included with general admission pricing)

Reservations are made in 20-25 minute increments so that each family visiting the center has the SMALLab room and experience to themselves. SMALLab wands are sterilized between groups.

-Makerspace Experience (access included with general admission pricing)

Our educator will lead a fun activity that varies every Thursday. The space is open from 12-2, so we like to stagger reservation times to keep space between groups.

Please call 850-664-1261 to book your spot for either of these adventures.

We have also debuted several new outdoor exhibits to enjoy this summer to allow guests plenty of spaces to explore so you and your family can have fun together while maintaining plenty of social distance from others.

We thank you all for being patient with us during this time while we all adjust to these procedures. We look forward to providing you and your family with a fun, safe museum experience.


Open Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sunday: Closed


31 SW Memorial Parkway

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Museum Hours:

Wednesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1st Saturday of the month 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month for private museum reservations & private birthdays only

3rd Saturday of the month for planetarium shows only at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Sunday - Tuesday: Closed

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