McWane Science Center reopens July 8 with new health safety protocols


McWane Science Center is excited to welcome visitors back to the McWane Science Center on July 8! The health and safety of visitors is McWane’s top priority. Since closing in March, McWane has followed the science to modify their operations, adopting new safety measures to ensure the health and well-being of both their staff and visitors. The reopening is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and consultation with top medical experts.

McWane Scient Center reopens to the public


Interactive exhibits that could pose an unacceptable risk remain closed, but most of the exciting science adventures are ready for visitors to explore. Itty Bitty Magic City, the magical science world for preschoolers is temporarily closed, but the little ones are welcome to enjoy the other wonders of McWane.

Days and Hours: 

    • Wednesday – Friday  9 am- 5 pm
    • Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    • Sunday:    noon – 5 p.m.

Questions and Answers about the new safety measures:

Are masks required?

Yes, all visitors age 8 and older are required to wear masks. Children between the ages of 3 and 7 are encouraged to wear masks. Masks are not recommended for children under the age of 3.

How are you promoting handwashing?

We have installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility, so it is easy for visitors to frequently clean their hands. In addition, our restrooms are kept fully stocked and are cleaned throughout the day.

What are the rules for social distancing?

Visitor groups must main a 6-foot distance from each other and children who are engaged with exhibits must keep a 6-foot distance from one another. Employees on the floor throughout the facility help ensure visitors comply with social distancing guidelines.

How do you keep shared surfaces clean?

High touch surfaces are disinfected frequently throughout the day as part of a thorough cleaning and disinfecting system that is based on best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and other safety experts. The entire facility is deep-cleaned nightly.

Are all of your exhibits open?

In following the science to ensure visitor safety, we have made the decision that a phased-in reopening is the safest way to go. For that reason, a few of our permanent exhibits will remain temporarily closed out of an abundance of caution.  Our very popular Itty Bitty Magic City for toddlers and preschoolers remains temporarily closed and will reopen August 5.

When will Itty Bitty Magic City Open?

Itty Bitty Magic City is tentatively scheduled to reopen August 5. Engagement and interaction are integral to the learning experience for our preschool visitors. They need to be able to freely explore Itty Bitty Magic City, and with the current configuration, it’s not possible to do that under safe social distancing guidelines.

Is the IMAX theatre open?

Yes! We have 2 feature films playing and we are playing it safe in the theatre by reconfiguring seating. Visitors will be seated 6 feet apart from each other.

How did you develop your safety and health protocols?

We have consulted at length with top medical experts who have provided guidance and specific recommendations in addition to the official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. The safety and protective measures we are taking go beyond routine recommendations and ensure the health and safety of our visitors.

Is the Café’ open?

Cold drinks and light snacks are available at the concession stand. In addition, we provide a dining area for visitors who choose to pack a lunch. The café is temporarily closed.

Do you know when things will be “back to normal”?

Our phased reopening follows the science of safety and we cannot anticipate when all exhibits will be open. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of taking extra steps to safeguard our visitors’ health and safety. We are constantly creating new ways to help children interact with exhibits that engage them with the wonders of science.

Tell us about the special Exhibit

Guitar:  The Instrument that Rocked the World is the special traveling exhibit

Experience the science of sound and the cultural impact of the guitar by exploring more than 70 instruments and 100 historical artifacts-ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative. This special exhibition from The National GUITAR Museum features hands-on interactives for all ages, video performances, x-ray images of guitars’ inner workings and plenty of opportunities to strum and jam.


CLICK HERE to learn more!

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