Mother and daughter at the Aerospace exhibit

Our mask policies


(Updated 8.9.2021)

In line with Durham County guidelines, we require all visitors five and older to wear masks indoors. No exemptions or exceptions. Please stay six feet apart from other groups. Thank you for helping keep everyone safe.

Tips and common questions about our updated mask policies

  • A growing number of children are being infected with the Delta variant, and, per CDC guidelines, we strongly recommend indoor masking for our guests two and older. While this is not required by Durham County at this time, we recommend it for our youngest visitors.
  • Guests are welcome to continue to wear masks anywhere in the Museum if it makes them feel safer or more comfortable.
  • What about summer camps? While the general Museum policies have changed, our more restrictive camp mask policies will remain in place. Because many of our campers are not yet eligible for vaccination, we will continue to require both campers and staff to wear masks during the camp day, both indoors and outdoors. Read more.
  • 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. However, we understand that these mask requirements are challenging for many of our guests. It may make it difficult for some guests to visit during this time. 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 remaining mask restrictions are no longer necessary.