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When we receive new guidance on pandemic health and safety rules, we may adjust our policies. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

What are your hours?

Beginning June 15, 2020, ScienceWorks will be open 7 days a week (except holidays) from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Visits will be limited to 2 hour attendance windows. We are limiting tickets and visit times to allow for physical spacing between guests, and to provide staff time to clean exhibits between groups. 

What times are available for visits?

Beginning June 15, 2020, ticketing will be for visits during these times:

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

How will you keep track of visit shifts?

Guests will be admitted for two-hour attendance groupings. Upon arrival, guests will receive wristbands that correspond with their time group. At the end of a visit, staff will let visitors know it's time to go, so we can clean the exhibits before the next group arrives.

Are face masks required?

All visitors (over age 12), staff, and volunteers must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth. Visitors ages 2-12 are encouraged to wear face coverings. We base our policies (and exceptions) on recommendations from the CDC and state health authorities. Please bring your own masks.

Will these rules be in effect forever?

Due to the nature of epidemiology and research, these policies are subject to change at any time. We will change our policies and practices when needed, depending on guidance from the CDC and State of Oregon. We are doing everything we can to make ScienceWorks fun and safe for everyone. Thank you for sharing the responsibility.

How is ScienceWorks keeping things clean?

We are cleaning more frequently and thoroughly than during non-pandemic times. You will notice extra hand sanitizer stations available for visitors. We encourage visitors, staff, and volunteers to wash hands and use sanitizer frequently. We will also clean between visitor groups. 

How will physical distance be enabled in the museum?

ScienceWorks will provide helpful markings and signs to help visitors maintain physical distancing. Look for floor tape to show you where to stand. And please observe posted instructions to limit grouping at exhibits. Please keep children with your group.

Will you be taking temperatures at the door?

No, we will not check your temperature at the door. We do ask that if you have symptoms of illness, or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not visit at this time.

Will the Bubble Room be open?

No. Due to public health and safety concerns, the Bubble Room and early learning areas will be closed for now. We will reopen them as soon as we can do so safely.

Will you have summer camps?

Yes, we will have summer camps! To make camp as safe and fun as possible, we are limiting enrollment to 10 campers per group. We will modify activities to allow for physical distancing, limit shared materials, and increase cleaning frequency. Get more information about our camps here

Can I have a birthday party at ScienceWorks?

At this time, we are not accepting reservations for birthday parties or other special events. We will resume parties as soon as we are able to do so safely.

Are you holding any special events?

Due to the pandemic, we have temporarily suspended our special events, including the Science of Wine, Exposed series, and Pub Talks. We look forward to resuming these programs as soon as we can do so safely.