The state of North Carolina and Durham County now require visitors age five and up to wear masks at the Museum at all times, indoor and outdoor, unless actively eating and drinking. To better protect the health and safety of all visitors and our team, the Museum will not allow exemptions or exceptions to this policy. We follow the science, and it tells us that face coverings are essential to keeping COVID-19 in check. Please help us keep everyone safe.
We know this requirement isn’t easy, especially for families with small children, but it is mandatory and necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends face coverings for children. And here are some practical tips from Stanford University on how to get young kids to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will begin enforcing this policy on Saturday, September 5.
Also, when at the Museum, please wear your mask over your nose and mouth.
Finally, if a Museum staff member reminds you or someone in your group to wear a mask, please be kind and respectful. Our team members are trying to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
What about visitors with special needs or health conditions that do not allow them to wear masks?
The Museum of Life and Science is firmly committed to serving and providing outstanding experiences to guests of all needs and abilities. We are proud and honored to host sensory-friendly programs and events throughout the year. However, during these unique and challenging circumstances, as all of us navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot make exceptions to our mask requirements. For the safety of all visitors and staff members, the Museum believes we need to adhere to a strict mask policy for everyone five and older.
We understand that this requirement is challenging for many of our guests. It may make it impossible for some guests to visit during this time. We regret that we can’t be more inclusive at this moment. It pains us to think that we would need to turn anyone away from the Museum. We apologize for the disappointment and frustration this causes for any guest who cannot visit and adhere to the mask requirements.
However, health and safety are our top priorities, above all else right now. We will welcome back all visitors with open arms once these mask restrictions are no longer necessary.