MODS REOPENING INFORMATION
We counted the minutes on the Great Gravity Clock, we entertained the animals so they wouldn’t miss you too much, we stepped up our STEM, cleaned and sanitized…and now, MODS is excited to welcome you back!
Families can expect to have an enjoyable and safe visit to MODS complete with exhibit exploration (acclaimed traveling exhibit Expedition: Dinosaur has been extended through September 7, 2020), STEM discoveries, animal encounters, IMAX (Dinosaurs of Antarctica is a must-see!) and more.
MODS highlights several protocols to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff, including modified hours, new visitor guidelines, timed ticket requirements and deep cleaning exhibit closures. Guests, please note the following updates during Member Appreciation Days and beyond:
MODS’ Operating Hours
- Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- The Museum will be closed daily from 1:00–2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. on Sundays for deep cleaning.
- The Museum is only open on Mondays for limited prearranged school or other group visits and tours with maximums.
Timed Ticket Reservations
- Members always get in free and must now make advanced reservations.
- Museum admission will be operating at 25% capacity to allow for social distancing.
- MODS is offering a timed ticket reservation for all visitors including members, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Museum encourages advance online ticket reservations at mods.org/ticketing.
- Note: Walk-up purchases may be available through credit card payments only.
New Visitor Guidelines
- Health Questionnaire and Temperature Checks – Prior to entry, visitors will be asked a series of health questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms and have a touchless temperature check. If a visitor responds yes to any of the health questions or has a temperature above 100.4°F, admission will be denied to the entire party.
- Face Coverings – Visitors 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.
- Note: MODS will accommodate guests with face-covering exemption status for respiratory issues on select days. Call for reservations.
- 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, MaxFlight, KEVA Planks, Melting Ice Sheet in Prehistoric Florida and Roller Coaster exhibit in the Science Park.
- Visitors 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 feet between groups and employees and other visitors while at the Museum.
- Re-entry will not be permitted.
AutoNation IMAX Experience
- Capacity in the AutoNation IMAX Theater will be temporarily capped at 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.
For Your Safety and Enjoyment
- MODS is limiting the number of guests each day to maintain appropriate social distancing. Members and guests are now required to choose a date and time of your visit when purchasing tickets.
- Following CDC guidelines, staff and visitors ages 2+ must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth to enter the Museum.
- Please arrive fifteen (15) minutes before your scheduled visit time.
- MODS will check your temperature (touchless) before entry and ask health questions. If you or a guest in your party responds “yes” to any health questions or has a fever, the Museum will deny admission to your entire party.
- Expedition: Dinosaur traveling exhibit will be at the Museum through September 7, 2020. This exhibit is included in Museum admission.
- Dinosaurs of Antarctica IMAX experience is a must-see! Free IMAX film with admission.
- In order to make sure MODS can effectively monitor social distancing, the following exhibits will be closed at this time: Discovery Center, Dig Pit, MaxFlight, KEVA Planks, Melting Ice Sheet in Prehistoric Florida and the Roller Coaster exhibit in the Science Park.
- We look forward to seeing you at the Museum of Discovery and Science!
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% 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.
- Museum Care and Maintenance Cleaning Protocol.
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.