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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The Museum of Science is committed to providing public access to the most current science behind society’s most pressing challenges. Our coronavirus initiative began in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continues today through our programming, events, exhibit development (onsite and online), vaccination information, and general resource curation.

Thank you to the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson for supporting the Museum’s work on this important initiative.

About Our Work

Throughout 2020, the Museum of Science has dedicated its trusted public science platform in service to the community, to understand the science behind the coronavirus pandemic.

What began with a town hall on March 8, 2020 to prepare our community to respond wisely to the virus has continued with innovative exhibits and public programs on the impact of the virus helping us all to navigate this virus.

In addition, we have modeled the science of living and working in this time through our operating procedures, which have allowed us to welcome the public to the Museum safely. To maintain visitor and staff safety — the top priority — the Museum has adapted protocols based on the latest science, including revised booking procedures, mask requirements, social distancing measures, and updated or amended exhibitions. For more information, please see our Visitor Code of Conduct

Assessing Public Sentiment in a Coronavirus Vaccine

In November 2020, the Museum commissioned a Massachusetts poll on public attitudes toward vaccines and toward trust in public health communication.  In collaboration with the Massachusetts League of Community Health centers, the aim of the survey was to understand our diverse community’s sentiments around a vaccine, understand who are the most trusted messengers with respect to the vaccine, and help inform the Museum’s broader work as community partner to deliver timely, relevant essential information about the vaccine.

Learn more.

Press release: Survey: Nearly All MA Residents Want to Take COVID-19 Vaccine – But Not Right Away  

Poll results: Rolling out the vaccine: A survey of Massachusetts residents on COVID vaccine issues

Vaccine Infographic Resources

Vaccines: Defense Against Disease, Learn about different types of vaccines that have been developed to defend us from diseases.  English | Español 
Vaccines: Testing for Safety & Efficacy, Learn about how the vaccines are developed and tested for efficacy.  English | Español 

Vaccines on Ice Video Series

Some of the newly developed COVID-19 vaccines are based on a technology called Messenger RNA, and need to be kept in extremely low temperatures so that the vaccine molecule is stable and ready to work in the human body. Discover more about this process in these “cool” Vaccines on Ice videos.

Vaccines on Ice: Why so Cold? English | Español

Vaccines on Ice: Dry Ice vs. Liquid Nitrogen English | Español

Vaccines on Ice: What Keeps Them Cold? English | Español

Ask a Virtual Expert: COVID Conversations with Dr. Jha

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find yourself searching for answers about the disease, its origins, medical advances, and more. In our new live presentation and our new virtual exhibit, public health expert, Dr. Ashish Jha, answers your questions virtually about COVID-19.

If you're joining us in person, be sure to stop by the Hall of Human Life for this amazing experience. Can't make it in? Ask your virtual questions any time through MOS at Home.

Coronavirus: Community Conversations at the Museum of Science

On June 29, 2020, members of the public were invited to participate in this free, community-wide virtual conversation about the ways that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted underserved communities. As part of the Hunger to Health Collaboratory, the Museum of Science convened a panel of experts to discuss COVID in our communities.

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On March 8, 2020, the Museum of Science, in collaboration with WGBH, hosted a free, community-wide town-hall forum to discuss the latest details around the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This was an opportunity to convene a discussion with experts and local leaders to ask questions about how a potential outbreak could impact you, your family, and the community.

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Community Resources

The Museum has a cross sectional team of staff monitoring and evaluating its actions in preparation for and in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring that staff, volunteers, and guests are safe, while minimizing the impact on Museum operations. The Museum has also worked closely with the cultural community in greater Boston to support our collective work in addressing the safety of visitors and staff. Additional Resources can be found here:

Additional Questions

To see how the Museum continues to monitor this quickly evolving situation, please visit our Press Room