- Dan Orawiec
CT Science Center Open to the Public June 26
Connecticut Science Center to Reopen after COVID-19 Shutdown Phased reopening begins June 20 with Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed Exhibition Hartford, CT, June 15, 2010 —The Connecticut Science Center announced today that it is launching a three-stage reopening as part of Phase 2 of Reopen Connecticut, as it continues to fulfill its mission of inspiring lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. After serving tens of thousands of school children, educators, and families with “Science at Home” online resources, events, and materials during the temporary COVID-19 closure, the Science Center is excited to welcome back visitors and, once again, offer in-person experiences while continuing to also connect virtually.
Connecticut Science Center Members will enjoy Member Preview Days beginning Saturday, June 20. The general public is invited to visit beginning on June 26. All guests will be required to reserve timed entry tickets online in advance of their visit to manage the building capacity for safe distancing .
Tickets are on sale now. Reservations for members and tickets for the public are available at www.ctsciencecenter.org/tickets .
Connecticut Science Center staff have been working diligently to ensure that the enjoyable experience visitors have come to expect is healthy, safe, clean, and exciting. In order to help the public and staff, we are asking visitors and staff at the Science Center to observe the following guidelines:
● Masks must be worn properly to cover mouth and nose by all guests and staff, except for those aged two and under.
● Practice safe social distancing and keep family groups 6’ apart or more.
● Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the building.
● Sanitizer and wipes will be provided for visitors to disinfect contact points, including interactive exhibits, before and/or after use. Staff will also actively sanitize contact points throughout the facility, including exhibits, between uses.
● Mandatory touchless temperature check prior to entry. This no-contact system measures body temperature to detect fever, which is a common COVID-210 symptom. The maximum temperature allowance is 100.4 for entry.
The cleaning protocols for the Science Center have been prepared in compliance with State and CDC requirements and recommended best practices, and reviewed by the Science Center’s panel of medical advisors. You can learn more about our practices at www.ctsciencecenter.org .
Staff and educators have been working hard to get the Connecticut Science Center ready for visitors. For those who have previously been to the Science Center, things may look a little different. While some exhibits are temporarily paused, there is still plenty to do as well as exciting new experiences to enjoy. Visitors can look forward to experiencing the new blockbuster traveling exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed featuring more than 200 authentic artifacts in an immersive environment. New LIVE Gallery Science experiences, themed weeks, and beautiful additions to the Rooftop Garden and Science Center Plaza await visitors of all ages.
“We are excited to welcome our community back to the Connecticut Science Center,” said Matt Fleury, Connecticut Science Center President and CEO. “There has never been a more important time for the public to become more aware of and engaged with science. Equally, it has never been more important to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals in health care, medicine, and research. Now is the time to love science.”
For more information, including frequently asked questions, please visit www.ctsciencecenter.org .