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, sinks, seats, doors, employee common areas, etc. 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 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. We also highly encourage anyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask. We have complimentary 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. 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)

-Makerspace Experience (access included with general admission pricing)

Please call 850-664-1261 to book your spot.

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:

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

Sunday: Closed

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