Discovery museum

The Children’s Discovery Museum hopes to reopen on May 1

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – Back in business after COVID-19 forced them to close their doors, the Normal’s Children’s Discovery Museum is putting the finishing touches on how to reopen safely.

Over the past year, COVID-19 has forced the Children’s Discovery Museum to close. But with things improving, director of museum engagement Shelly Hanover said she plans to reopen museum doors within the next month.

Hanover said Saturday May 1 was the date the museum was aiming to reopen to the public.

With a reopening in just a month, the museum is looking to hire a part-time aide who was cut when it closed. Hanover says half the staff will be back, but others, mostly students, have returned home or graduated.

The reopening depends on COVID-19 levels and how quickly the state and county moves to the bridged reopening plan of Governor Pritzker’s reopening model.

Hanover said it was exciting and that he would make sure everything was clean and safe for guests.

“All of our visitors and staff will be required to wear masks. We will be doing temperature projections as people walk towards the museum. You’re going to see a lot more hand sanitizer stations scattered throughout the museum, especially in some of the high touch points, ”Hanover said.

She said the first weekend will be for members only and then the general public will be back. The museum limiting guests in the building to 150 people.

“What you will need to do is register in advance for play time in two hour blocks of time, and that two hour block of time will be limited by the number of people who can enter,” Hanover said.

Memberships are still available for purchase on the museum website.