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Children’s Discovery Museum set to welcome back guests after long hiatus | Characteristics

The Children’s Discovery Museum will reopen to the public next Thursday after 14 months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors will need to schedule reservations and prepay. There will be timed entry with limited admission.

Visitors aged two and over must adhere to face mask requirements during their scheduled visits. Masks can be purchased inside the museum.

“After more than a year of physical separation, we are thrilled to welcome everyone back to the museum,” said Beth Whisman, executive director of the Normal City Department of Cultural Arts and Children’s Discovery Museum.

“Staff have been planning for months to ensure a fun and safe environment that will continue to support the power of play for our visitors and families. Our members have spent the last few weeks with us, successfully implementing new protocols and showcasing experiences.

Entrance during visits must be through the CDM doors on E. Beaufort Street. Signage and red dots will be placed throughout the museum to direct social distancing.

The museum has also made changes and additions to the features it offers.

“Visitors will find updated exhibits and our brand new ‘Healthy Me’ exhibit on the first floor,” Whisman said.

New cleaning procedures include washing and rotating exhibit props every hour.

For families who are not comfortable returning to the museum, the HOM will be offering pick-up activity kits and free Daily Dose of Play virtual activities on its website and YouTube channel.

Full details of the CDM’s reopening plans are available online.

YASMIN ODEH is editor-in-chief for The Vidette. She can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @yasminodeh3

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