COVID-19 MUSEUM PROCEDURES
Museum Cleaning Procedures
Cleanliness and safety are critical components for the museum. Our team is following procedures for sanitation as recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we are a certified COVID Compliant Business Partner of the Destin, Fort Walton, and Niceville Chambers of Commerce. Our cleaning procedures include 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 our staff that is not fully vaccinated and interacts within 6 feet of the public will continue to wear masks to prevent the spread of airborne germs and maintain physical distancing when possible.
The safety of our guests, staff, and animals remains our highest priority, and we will maintain strict safety protocols throughout our reopening. 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.
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.
Masks are required for patrons over the age of 3 that are not fully vaccinated. 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. As a Science Center, we have a responsibility to follow guidelines given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While we respect each individual's beliefs, for the safety of the general public, patrons that have not been fully vaccinated are still required to wear a mask in the museum. The museum reserves the right to refuse entry or service to anyone not complying with this requirement. Per the CDC's guidelines released May 13, 2021, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or socially distancing.
We are accepting both cash and credit cards. 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.
We have also debuted several new outdoor exhibits to enjoy and 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. We look forward to providing you and your family with a fun, safe museum experience.
Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.