Come wonder again at the Nature Museum!
The Nature Museum is open to visitors 7 days a week, 10am-4pm.
In accordance with the CDC, state and city recommendations, masks are required for all staff and visitors over the age of 2 regardless of vaccination status. Some after-hours Nature Museum events require a proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test at the time of entry. Please check event registration details for more information. Our decision to close our building and now to reopen were informed by science, and we will continue to follow the science throughout the pandemic.
Get prepared for your Nature Museum visit by checking out our Know Before You Go video below.
Still have questions about your visit? Refer to our FAQs below for answers and guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I am vaccinated, do I have to wear a mask?
Yes, even if you are vaccinated you are required to wear a face covering during your Nature Museum visit. We are encouraging social distancing as much as possible inside the Nature Museum building, as well.
Will you provide masks for guests who arrive without one?
Masks will be available at the front desk for those who may have forgotten theirs.
Why do you require mask policies for outdoor programming and camp?
While participating in outdoor programming allows for greater ventilation and social distancing, we are aware that programs like camp, nature walks, and Critter Connections still result in groups being closer than 6 feet apart. We require masks for those above 2 years of age to help keep everyone safe.
Is sanitizer available?
Yes, there are multiple sanitizing stations located throughout the Museum. Guests also have access to restrooms on every level.
Is eating and drinking allowed at the Museum?
To help keep everyone safe, we have designated two eating spaces for our guests’ convenience. Nature’s Lunchbox, located on Level 1, is our designated indoor eating space. The Ravine, located outside the lobby doors on Level 1, is our designated outdoor eating space.
The Museum Store has reopened with limited snack options available for purchase, so guests are encouraged to bring their own food for snack time. We have installed water bottle refill stations, and guests are welcome to bring their own water bottles to refill. Guests can also purchase bottled water, juices, and other drinks in the Museum store.
Will my favorite daily programs be different?
For everyone’s safety, some previously very hands-on programs will be adjusted. While guests may not be able to touch our animals for the time being, they will still be able to see them up close, ask questions, watch live feedings, and more. Our Story Times, Critter Connections, Animal Feedings, and First Flight Butterfly Releases are running on a daily schedule with reduced capacity to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety.
Are staff members screened before work?
Yes, all staff members are required to complete a COVID-19 screening upon reporting to work each day.
Are there any areas that are not accessible to visitors right now?
The Micole Birdwalk is currently closed for maintenance. The Extreme Green House and Hands-on Habitat are closed to allow for exhibit renovation and expansion. Stay tuned for more details.