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MODS REOPENING INFORMATION

We counted the minutes on the Great Gravity Clock, we entertained the animals so they would not miss you too much, we stepped up our STEM demos, cleaned and sanitized…and now, MODS is excited to welcome you back!

Guests are encouraged to read our Welcome Back Plan

MODS highlights several protocols to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff. Guests, please note the following updates:

MODS’ Operating Hours

  • The Museum will reopen with limited hours starting on weekends in December (December 5-6; December 12-13; December 19-20; and December 26-27). Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. MODS will resume daily operations starting with a Noon Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31. The operating hours will be:
    • Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
    • Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Timed Ticket Reservations

  • The Museum encourages advance online ticket reservations at mods.org/ticketing.
    • Note: Walk-up purchases are available through credit card payments only.
  • Members always receive free admission and we recommend making advanced reservations.
  • Museum admission will have capacity limitations to ensure social distancing.

New Guest Guidelines

  • Face Coverings Guests over the age of two are required to wear a mask or face covering over their mouth and nose for the duration of their visit, per CDC guidelines. Masks may be brought from home and are available for purchase in the Explore Store.

Museum Experience

  • For the health and safety of all guests, certain Museum exhibits and rides will be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and enhanced cleaning during operating hours, including Discovery Center, Dig Pit and MaxFlight.
  • Guests can look for directional signage indicating a suggested route through exhibits, physical distancing, hand washing and other requirements and recommendations.
  • All guests will be asked to maintain a safe distance of at least six (6) feet between groups, employees and other guests while at the Museum. 

AutoNation IMAX Experience

  • Capacity in the AutoNation IMAX Theater will be temporarily capped at approximately 30%.
  • Upon entry, guests will be seated in every other row with their group. Two seats will be left empty between groups to allow for six (6) feet of social distancing.
  • Additional time will be added between showtimes to allow for a thorough deep clean of the theater using electrostatic cleaning equipment.

Limited Food Service

  • Prepackaged snacks can be purchased onsite in Elements Café and the Explore Store.

MODS Cleaning Protocols

  • 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% of science museums 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 guests, 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.
  • Museum Care and Maintenance Cleaning Protocol.
  • Guests are encouraged to watch our cleaning video.

Steps We Take and How You Can Help

  • Tracking: We continuously monitor information, protocols and procedures from international, federal, local and regional accredited agencies and organizations, including: the World Health OrganizationCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Florida Department of HealthFlorida Department of Health in Broward CountyUnited States Department of Agriculture (USDA)Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) 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 guests and staff. We request that staff, volunteers and guests 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 guests, volunteers and staff, and we will continue to provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the Museum. Always cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. We also recommend reviewing tips from the CDCon preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs or diseases. 
  • Well-Loved Areas & Items: If an area or object needs attention, we always encourage our guests to notify Museum staff right away. 
  • Tips from CDC: The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to a virus or illness. However, as a reminder, there are everyday 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 mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, 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. 
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, 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.

ATTENTION MODS MEMBERS & GUESTS