(Updated March 27, 2020)
The health and safety of our Museum community — our guests, Members, supporters, and team members — is our top priority. With that in mind, the Museum will remain closed until further notice. All events and programming in April are canceled or postponed. We look forward to welcoming visitors again in the near future, but will continue to follow the guidance and direction of local, state, and federal public health agencies to determine when we can safely and responsibly reopen the Museum to guests and team members.
We don’t take this decision lightly. But as an organization dedicated to a fundamental belief in science and science education, we are following the recommendations of public health experts who advise that social distancing is critical to reducing the spread of the coronavirus. We have had no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the Museum. However, we have been closely monitoring the evolving situation, and based on the current state of emergency in North Carolina and the growing risk of infection in our communities, we feel it is our responsibility to do what we can to help reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19.
If you were booked for a private or public event in April, we will contact you in separate communications regarding potential rescheduling or refunds. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes.
Essential animal care staff will remain on-site to care for the animals at the Museum. We are planning to have an additional mix of staff on-site as well as working remotely from home to allow us to ensure the Museum is ready to re-open and welcome our guests back once this critical situation has passed.
We look forward to reopening in the near future and welcoming everyone back to the Museum.
For more information:
CDC's COVID-19 information page
NC Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19 in North Carolina
Durham County Department of Public Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Coronavirus Information Portal
Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center