NewsArts & Culture / July 8, 2020

The Childrens Museum Is Ready To Open Its Doors

The Childrens Museum Is Ready To Open Its Doors

The Children's Museum reopens will reopen to the public on Saturday while following CDC guidelines to keep the public safe.

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Over the last two weeks, the Children’s Museum has slowly welcomed donors, and on Saturday, June 11, it will officially reopen.

President and CEO Jeffrey Patchen said exhibits are now more visual, to limit opportunities to spread the novel coronavirus. 

“Because we’re such a touch-intense place, we are using much more interpretation … costume-themed interpretation to help people look with their eyes, and to kind of do a little eye-spy in our galleries," Patchen said.

It also set up more than one-hundred sanitation stations.

Like some other facilities, it will require people to wear masks. Patchen said he’s seen many parents support kids wearing masks.

"I have been so reinforced by how great parents’ are being with their young children with masks." Patchen said. "We’ve actually heard from a number of parents and grandparents that have said -- ‘Would you like to go to the children’s museum? Yes, of course, Grandma or Mom. Well, that means you’re going to have to wear a mask … Oh. OK OK.’"

When the museum opens, it will also limit the number of people by requiring reservations. It expects roughly forty to fifty percent of its normal capacity -- to comply with CDC’s social distancing guidelines.

Overall, Patchen said the response to these social distancing guidelines set by the CDC has been positive.

Check this link for more information regarding the museum's specific plan for reopening.

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