In accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, face coverings are now optional for fully vaccinated (two weeks following last vaccination) individuals inside McWane Science Center. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside our museum. This includes our young visitors ages 3-11 who are unable to be vaccinated at this time. Masks are not recommended for individuals 2 and younger. Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated (two weeks after final vaccination) staff.  All staff who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks according to CDC guidelines.

Social Distancing

We are following social distancing guidelines throughout the facility. Visitor groups must maintain a 6-foot distance from other groups.

Sanitizing High-Touch Areas

McWane Science Center has developed and will continue to implement enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the property.

Hand Hygiene

Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility and visitors are encouraged to use them. Our restrooms are cleaned and restocked with soap, and hand sanitizer several times daily.

Limited Occupancy

We have limited the number of visitors allowed on premises to half during this period of enhanced safety protocols.

IMAX® Dome Theater

The IMAX Dome Theater will also maintain a restricted occupancy. The current occupancy rate for IMAX is 50% of standard capacity. Guests are asked to leave at least two seats between themselves and the next group.

McWane Cares

McWane employees circulate throughout the premises to ensure social distancing measures and other safety protocols are followed. If you have any questions or concerns about safety or other matters, any McWane employee is happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is McWane's Mask Stance?

According to CDC guidance, any visitor 3 or older who is not vaccinated should wear a mask.

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 maintain a 6-foot distance from each other. 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 robust 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 you exhibits open?

A few of our exhibits have been removed from the floor out of an abundance of caution. Other exhibits have been modified to allow guests to enjoy them safely, and our brand new and original exhibit Brickology was updated prior to its premiere in 2021 to allow for the safest possible guest experience.

Is Itty Bitty Magic City open?

Itty Bitty Magic City reopened with new cleaning and social distancing protocols in place on August 5.

Is the IMAX Theater open?

Yes! We invite you to come and enjoy the unparalleled experience of IMAX with Laser at the McWane Science Center! The theater is currently at 50% occupancy and all of McWane’s current health and safety guidelines apply.

When will things go "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 safely interact with exhibits that engage them with the wonders of science.