COVID-19: Staying safe at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Is the museum open? 

Yes! The Science Museum is open. Tickets are available online and via phone. Advance reservations are required and can be made at smm.org/tickets.  

Is the Omnitheater open?

Yes! The Omnitheater is also open with required advanced reservations and assigned seating. No food or drinks are allowed in the Omnitheater, however, you can enjoy them before or after your showing on level 6.

Do I need to have proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test before visiting?

Yes. Beginning Wednesday, January 26, 2022, proof of full vaccination or proof of a medically supervised PCR test for COVID-19 will be required for entry into the Science Museum of Minnesota for visitors ages 5 and older.

Who needs to show proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID test to enter the museum?

This requirement applies to all visitors ages 5 and up.

I have received one dose in a two-dose vaccine regimen. Is that sufficient for entry?

The Science Museum requires visitors ages 5 and up to be fully vaccinated - one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna regimen. Proof of vaccination must show that the final dose of the series was administered at least two weeks prior to the visit.

What counts as proof of vaccination?

Valid proof of vaccination consists of a valid photo ID (age 16+) and one of the following: vaccination card, photocopy of both the front and back of vaccination card, or a digital record via an app like Docket or Clear.

What counts as proof of negative test?

If proof of vaccination is not available, visitors ages 5 and older must show proof of a medically-supervised negative PCR test within the past 72 hours.

Are masks still required for visitors?

Yes. The Science Museum continues to require masks for all visitors ages 5 and up. We ask that you wear your masks at all times while in the museum’s indoor spaces, with the exception of the designated eating and drinking space on level 6. 

In addition, we ask for your cooperation in adhering to our efforts to make all visits as safe as possible. Please follow safe distancing guidelines, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you’re not feeling well or have any COVID-19 symptoms. If you need to reschedule your visit, please contact us.

Why are you doing this?

The Science Museum is committed to leading with science. Vaccines are an important public health tool and have proven to drastically decrease poor outcomes of COVID-19 infections. We are committed to doing what we can during this surge in illnesses to protect our visitors, volunteers, and staff and lessen the strain on our health care resources.

Will I need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to pick up an online order from the Explore Store?

Yes. All visitors ages 5 and old to the museum’s visitor space must show proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative test.

My kid is scheduled to visit on a school field trip. Will I have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test for that?

The museum is working with schools and groups that are scheduled to visit Jan. 26 and beyond to work through the logistics of a visit.

I am attending a private event. Will I have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test?

Yes. This requirement applies to all activities that will be taking place within the Science Museum’s indoor spaces January 26 and beyond.

Will the Science Museum be refunding advance ticket purchases for those unwilling to comply with this requirement?

Yes. Refunds for previously-purchased tickets for visits during this time period may be coordinated through our Contact Center (651) 221-9444.

How long will this requirement be in effect?

This safety measure will be regularly assessed and will remain in effect for as long as deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

Do I need to reserve tickets in advance?

Yes, please! To ensure that we are in compliance with all public health and safety orders, we are asking everyone to reserve tickets in advance. This allows us to protect your health and safety and know exactly how many people are in the museum at one time. We will not be accepting walk-up visits for the general public or Members.

Is food service available?

Yes. Snacks can be purchased at the Explore Store on level five, and our partners at Ginkgo Coffee Bar and Deli will continue to operate their location in the Science Museum’s lobby. Visitors are also welcome to bring in personal food and drinks. We ask that all food and drink be consumed in a designated space on level 6.

What changes should I expect compared to pre-COVID visits? What steps are you taking to keep staff and visitors safe while in the building?

You’ll still be able to explore the dinosaurs, snap selfies with the giant astronaut, race against your favorite athletes in Sportsology, and much more. New practices include: 

  • Advanced timed ticketing for museum and Omnitheater entry

  • Online payment and contactless payment in the Explore Store

  • More space between exhibit components to support social distancing, with any components that can’t be quickly or frequently disinfected removed.  

  • Wider walkways

  • Drinking fountains will be turned off and unavailable for use

  • Safety reminders throughout the premises

  • Limited entry to elevators and other enclosed spaces

Why should I become or stay a Member ?

Members are an essential part of our community. We rely on your support to power so much of the science we do at the museum—including creating digital activities and educational resources and providing safe learning space and programs for students during the pandemic with programs like our Full STEM Ahead program. We hope you’ll also take advantage of your exclusive virtual Member benefits and events, Omnitheater extras, and content we’re creating just for Members. In addition, Members will have exclusive access to the museum from 9–10 a.m. every day the museum is open.

What’s the cost of parking in the Science Museum ramp?

Parking at the Science Museum will be a flat $5 fee. Parking will be free for Members during museum business hours through 2022.

I’m not comfortable visiting the museum yet. What distance-learning services are you providing? 

We’re still dedicated to keeping you connected from a distance! Discover a world of resources online and on our social media. Members can also join and add a comment to the discussions in the Members-exclusive Facebook group, and anyone can subscribe to our newsletter for more science activities and stories.  

If your question is not on the list, please contact us; museum representatives are happy to assist you. Policies and procedures are subject to change based on public health best practices and recommendations from public health officials.

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)? 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is caused by a recent strain of coronavirus that has not been found in humans before. It was first detected in December 2019 and has spread to countries around the world, including the United States. COVID-19 is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Discrimination and stigmas will not fight this illness. 


Where can I get factual information about the coronavirus?

Your best source of information about coronavirus is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.