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 of the entire museum every morning before opening. All these actions are performed by staff wearing gloves and masks.

All staff interacting within 6 feet of the public will also 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. Patrons checking into the museum must be in groups of 10 or fewer.


We will still provide Makerspace Experiences, Creature Features, Chem Demos, SMALLab, Mini Makers & Experimenters Preschool Lab, and Planetarium Nights for guests; we do require reservations. Please see below for information about booking your trip.

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. 


Price per day is $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 children/2 & under are free.

Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the museum. We require guests sanitize or wash their hands upon entry and exit, and we highly encourage anyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask. We will have masks available for use at check in.

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. In order to ensure we are meeting safety guidelines, reservations are required for all of the following activities:

-Chem Demos

-Creature Features

-Planetarium Nights

-Mini Makers & Experimenters Preschool Lab

-Makerspace Experience

-SMALLab Learning (phone reservations only: call 850-664-1261)

-Summer STEAM Workshops

Events can be reserved online through our event calendar or by calling 850-664-1261.


Our Creature Features and Chem Demos will be conducted outside in our amphitheater; these presentations will only be visual in nature to allow for social distancing. Due to the nature of SMALLab, guests will be required to wear gloves (provided) while using SMALLab wands.


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.


Our limited hours of operation begin June 1:

Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday: Closed


31 SW Memorial Parkway

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Museum Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

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