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 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. 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.


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. 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, we cannot allow patrons in the museum without a mask. The museum reserves the right to refuse entry or service to anyone not complying with this requirement.

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.


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

1st & 3rd Saturday of the month: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2nd & 4th Saturday of the month: Private birthdays & reservations only

Sunday - Tuesday: Closed


31 SW Memorial Parkway

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Museum Hours:

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

1st & 3rd Saturday of the month: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2nd & 4th Saturday of the month: Private birthdays &  reservations only

Sunday - Tuesday: Closed

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