COVID-19 Update
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COVID-19 Update

Subsequent to Governor Ivey’s announcement May 21st, museums in Alabama are now making plans for reopening. The Cook Museum of Natural Science is committed to providing the best possible experience for our guests while taking into account the newly released COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations in Alabama for entertainment venues such as museums. Given the integral part interactive exhibits play in our desire to engage, excite, and educate our visitors, we are still evaluating how best to provide that amazing and safe experience.

The Museum will continue monitoring developments and guidelines and will notify the public regarding re-opening. All scheduled group trips, programs, events, and all other Museum operations will be rescheduled or cancelled as necessary. 

Upon re-opening, the Museum will continue to take all reasonable precautions in the public and private spaces of the Museum, as your well-being and the well-being of our staff and volunteers is of paramount importance to us. With many hundreds of daily visitors to the Cook Museum we will use our best efforts to provide a safe and sanitary experience for all visitors, but we can make no guarantee as to the absolute absence of COVID-19 at the facility. 

In addition to our regular thorough cleaning routine, we will continue increased cleaning measures in heavily trafficked areas such as bathrooms, elevators, railings, doorknobs, door handles, hand railings, the admissions desks, café counters and tables and other high-touch parts of the Exhibits. Hand sanitizer dispensers will continue to be readily available throughout the building and inside the Exhibits, and we will continue to increase the number of hand sanitizer dispensers high-trafficked areas.  

If you have any questions about group reservations you have made at the Museum in relation to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please contact our Group Sales Department at 256-898-6312.