The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is a trustworthy place to visit, explore and enjoy. Learn how we regularly maintain cleanliness, as well as the extra measures we are putting into place.
As an epicenter for modern scientists, engineers, learning and discovery, it is our responsibility to present facts and information to the community, and especially to you, our friends and supporters. MODS is an American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accredited organization, and of the 33,000 museums in the U.S. only 3% are accredited by AAM. Our AAM pledge is built upon meeting the highest standards of excellence, including safeguarding public trust, as well as facilities and risk management. We appreciate YOUR trust in us as a community organization serving South Florida for more than four decades.
At MODS, the health and safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and animals is a top priority year-round. We ensure the cleanliness of our space, and our employees are trained on MODS’ established protocols that help keep the Museum a safe, clean and fun place to learn. For a better understanding, we are sharing the steps and extra measures we are taking to continuously protect the health of our guests.
Steps We Take and How You Can Help
- Tracking: We continuously monitor information, protocols, procedures and follow from international, federal, local, regional accredited agencies and organizations, including: the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Health in Broward County, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
- Cleaning: Your safety is always a top priority, and our day-to-day cleaning procedures are extensive. Our staff engages in extensive, facility-wide safety and cleaning practices including washing, sanitizing and disinfecting before we open, during the day, and after we close to the public. This is our practice every day at MODS, not just during flu season or when illnesses affect our community. In light of the Coronavirus, we will be increasing the cleaning and disinfecting that happens throughout the day at the Museum and will continue to review our procedures and make adjustments as appropriate.
- Sick Policy: MODS works to provide a safe and healthy environment for all visitors and staff. We request that staff and visitors avoid coming to the Museum when sick or showing signs of illness. A general rule to follow is that if you or your child have a fever or are too sick to go to work or school, then you should not visit the Museum.
- Reduce the Spread of Germs: Washing your hands regularly and properly is one of the number one ways to prevent the spread of germs. We have posted signage to remind all visitors and staff, and we will continue to provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the Museum. Always cover your cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. We also recommend reviewing tips from the CDC on preventative actions to help stop the spread of illnesses.
- Well-Loved Areas & Items: If an area or object needs attention, we always encourage our visitors to notify Museum staff right away.
- Tips from CDC: The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to virus or illness. However, as a reminder, there are everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Please visit cdc.gov for more information.
Thank you for your partnership, trust and support as we work together to provide a clean environment to help maintain the health and safety of guests, staff, volunteers and animals.