COVID-19 FAQ

COVID-19 FAQ

Is the museum open?

Yes! The museum is fully open with two brand-new exhibits: Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out and our new permanent Idaho exhibit, Way Out West.

 

Can I just walk in?

Yes! There are no capacity limits in Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds plan, meaning you're welcome to walk in anytime during open hours.

 

Are masks required?

In accordance with new CDC guidance dated 7/27/21 for high-transmission areas such as Bonneville County, we are encouraging all visitors age 4 and up to wear masks in the museum, regardless of vaccination status. Complimentary masks are available at the front desk. We are grateful for your help in keeping all of our visitors, staff, and volunteers safe.

School groups will be asked to follow the mask policies of their individual schools while visiting the museum.

 

What additional health and safety precautions is the museum taking?

The museum has undertaken a massive effort to help fight the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • instituting timed ticketing to regulate attendance numbers during the height of the pandemic
  • adding new hand sanitizer stations and sneeze guards
  • encouraging physical distancing and mask usage
  • hiring a new full-time custodian to implement a new cleaning/disinfection protocol
  • requiring training, assessments, and daily screenings for all staff and volunteers working on site
  • facilitating flexible worksites and schedules for staff during the height of the pandemic

 

What is the new special exhibit schedule?

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out is open now through September 19. We have secured two new fantastic special exhibits to take us to 2023, and we will announce them in the coming weeks.

 

Is the Discovery Room open?

Yes, the Marie Putnam Discovery Room is available in 30-minute time slots for one family at a time. Reservations are taken upon arrival at the museum and all are first-come, first-served. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

 

Are educational programs running?

Many in-person programs, including Museum After DarkLittle Learners, and Discovery Day, have temporarily moved to virtual formats or a combination of virtual and "camp-in-a-box"-style adventures that can be enjoyed at home. Information can be found using the links above. However, Summer Day Camps have been held in person with proper precautions. In addition, Museum Club has returned to a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual options.