Update as of June 15, 2020:
The Cook Museum of Natural Science plans to reopen in phases over the coming weeks. Nature’s Table and The Museum Store, which are located inside the Museum, have resumed operations as of Monday, June 15, 2020. The Museum will reopen the Exhibits to the general public on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
To ensure the safety of the Museum’s visitors and staff:
- The Museum will continue to use timed-entry ticketing, but with a lower capacity limit and additional queue lines.
- Employees will be wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
- Per the CDC, the wearing of face masks and practicing social distancing is recommended for visitors to the Museum.
- The number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum have been increased.
- Additional staff will be performing increased cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch area throughout the Museum.
- Temporarily, a number of the hands-on interactives in the Exhibits have been functionally modified to decrease the need to touch, with a limited number taken offline.
“We are thrilled to be back in the business of engaging, exciting, and educating our visitors. This phased reopening, beginning with Nature’s Table and The Museum Store now and culminating with our Exhibits in July, will provide the best opportunity for us to provide the public with an experience that is both safe and amazing,” said Executive Director Scott Mayo. “The Museum has been hard at work during this closure preparing new elements to some of the Exhibits, educational opportunities, and programming. It will soon be time to share those enhancements!”
Nature’s Table and The Museum Store’s temporary hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday Noon to 3:00 pm. Nature’s Table will offer limited on-site seating and online ordering with curbside delivery.
Starting July 8, the hours of operation for all areas of the Museum, including the Exhibits, will be Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday Noon to 5:00 pm.
The Museum has been closed since March 15.
Membership Update as of June 2, 2020:
In response to the unexpected closure of the Museum during the COVID-19 shutdown, all active Memberships purchased from May 2019 through March 2020 have been extended 4 months beyond their original renewal date. (Example: If your Membership renewal date was set for the end of August 2020, it will now be due for renewal at the end of December 2020 instead.)
Also, we are planning a special early-access Members-Only day in the Exhibits before we reopen them to the general public. We will communicate all of the details regarding this special Members-Only early-access day directly to active Members soon, so be sure to check your email and add us to your address book.
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 in 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.