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BOSTON, MA (July 14, 2020) — The Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world’s largest science centers, has announced it will reopen to the public on July 26 in accordance with the Massachusetts Reopening Plan’s Phase III guidelines. 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.
As part of its reopening, the Museum will invite visitors to explore the biggest scientific story of our day with timely content examining COVID-19. Visitors can envision their own solutions in the age of pandemics with Future of Boston and weigh in on some of the challenging issues our community faces in combatting the disease, with Provocative Questions, featuring research by Boston area experts.
The Museum will welcome visitors back with the global blockbuster exhibit, The Science Behind Pixar. Created by the Museum in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, the exhibit offers a unique look into the Pixar production process and explores the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters.
“While a visit to the reopened Museum of Science will no doubt be very different, visitors can still expect an experience filled with excitement and new discoveries,” said Tim Ritchie, president of the Museum of Science. “As we welcome back visitors and staff, our primary goal is to provide a safe, comfortable experience that employs the latest science, fact-based protocols and best practices. We want our extended community, here in Boston and around the world, to turn to the Museum for accurate information, ideas, engaging exhibits, thought-provoking programming and much-needed fun.”
The Museum has significantly adapted its 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, modifying over 150 exhibit components and changing or removing displays and materials throughout the building to facilitate safe distancing and enhanced and more frequent cleaning and safety procedures. The Museum will also introduce new mobile technology to replace hand-held audio pieces and other interactive devices. Museum curators have taken particular care in the Museum’s Exhibit Halls to align the need for a safer environment with its decades-long commitment to science education and inclusion.
“Our educational programs, exhibits, and presentations are developed so that people with a wide range of abilities can participate as independently as possible. For decades, we have committed to creating experiences that reflect the tenets of universal design and are honored to mark our public opening on the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Dr. Christine Reich, Senior Vice President for Exhibits and Research at Museum of Science. “People learn and experience the Museum in many different ways, including through sight, sound, and touch and we have paid particular attention to ensure those experiences remain available to all. As we reopen, our number one priority has been to ensure all of our visitors have an enriching experience, one that is safe, relevant, and joyful.”
In addition, the Museum has instituted many measures for operations that abide by the scientific evidence for best health standards including enhanced cleaning protocols, one-way directional flow where appropriate, and reduced occupancy within the Museum to allow for physical distancing, and requiring masks for staff and all visitors, ages three and up.
Reserved, timed tickets will be required in advance to provide both safe distancing and touchless transactions. Tickets for the public will be available to reserve online beginning July 23 at www.mos.org or over the phone at 617-723-2500.
Exhibit Halls tickets are $29 for adults, $24 for children ages 3 to 11, and $25 for seniors. All visitors including members, holders of MA EBT/WIC, ConnectorCare cards, and other free/discounted passes will also be required to reserve tickets in advance. Due to the Museum’s reduced occupancy, it is strongly encouraged to book tickets at least 2-3 days in advance. Please visit https://www.mos.org/visitor-faq for full details on bookings.
About the Museum of Science, Boston
Among the world's largest science centers, and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science engages 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through interactive exhibits and programs. Nearly an additional 2 million people experience the Museum annually through touring exhibitions, traveling programs, planetarium productions and preK-8 EiE® STEM curricula through the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. Established in 1830, the Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater. The Museum influences formal and informal STEM education through research and national advocacy, as a strong community partner and loyal educator resource, and as a leader in universal design, developing exhibits and programming accessible to all. Learn more at https://www.mos.org.
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