The Science Museum Reopens Sept 5th!

Science Museum of Virginia is reopening and here some details!


Museum Operating Hours

  • The Museum will be open 9:30 am – 5 pm.
  • They are offering member only days Wednesday, September 2 – Friday, September 4.
  • The Museum will open to the general public on Saturday, September 5 and will be open on Labor Day.
  • Starting September 13, the Museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday and will be closed on Mondays for deep cleaning.

Museum Admission 

  • Tickets are available for pre-purchase by phone and online only to encourage “touch free” or “low touch” entry to the Museum. 
  • Please note that tickets are currently available up to five days in advance. If you are planning a visit more than five days away, please head back to the website to purchase your tickets at a later time. 
  • To moderate the flow of guests, the Museum is offering timed tickets with pre-reserved entry times.
  • We’re following restaurant seating rules (minus the buzzing coasters), so guests should arrive at their selected time. If a guest is more than 10 minutes late for their reservation, we will try to move the reservation to a later time; however, we cannot guarantee another time will be available. 
  • To allow for proper social distancing, the Museum will limit the number of guests admitted to 12 guests every 15 minutes.  
  • Museum members must reserve a ticket for admission. Members should log in with their email and password before adding tickets to your cart to receive the member discount. 
  • Guests wishing to purchase tickets under the Museums for All program or guests who qualify for teacher or military discounts should call 804.864.1400 to purchase tickets. 
  • If you or anyone in your party is feeling ill on the day of your visit or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 please call the Museum to reschedule your visit. 

Personal Protection 

  • All guests age 10 and older are required to wear a mask while at the Museum (recommended for guests ages 3 – 9), and we ask that guests bring their own masks when possible. We will have a supply available at the Museum. Check out this video that covers how to properly wear a face covering. Please note: effective September 8, masks will be required for guests age 5 and older (recommended for guests ages 3 – 4). 
  • If a guest has a medical reason they cannot wear a mask, please call 804.864.1400 to discuss accommodations. 
  • Gloves are not required to be worn inside the Museum. Staff will wear gloves when cleaning (see cleaning procedures) or if needed for specific interactions. 
  • We have installed additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum and ask guests to use these stations often throughout their visit. 
  • Guests are asked to follow social distancing, keeping six feet from other guests. Guests will see several floor decals which will indicate 6-foot spacing throughout the Museum. 

Arriving at the Museum 

  • Guests should use the main doors at the Museum’s entrance. Guests will be directed to exit through the doors near the Dome exit on Level 1. 
  • Guests are encouraged to use the restrooms in the Museum’s Rotunda to wash their hands upon arrival. With soap. Slowly. 
  • Guests will be directed to a table in the Rotunda to confirm their tickets and collect Museum admission stickers. Each guest should also grab a stylus for use on our touch screens. 
  • A Museum Guest Services staff member will be available to assist guests if needed, but the check-in process has been designed to be as “low touch” as possible. We have installed plexiglass windshields at the Guest Services desk for extra safety. 

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