COVID 19 and Safe, Fun Exploration

Ready to Learn and Play?

We Are!

With extensive safety measures in place there's never been a better time to explore SMO! With almost 9 acres of social distancing space, gallons of hand sanitizer and staff that take your family's health as seriously as their own, we're ready to help you escape into a world of scientific exploration and play. Here's what we've done to make sure you can leave your worries at the door!

Online Ticketing

Advance Ticketing = No Waiting

  • Advance tickets are recommended for everyone – members and nonmembers – this way you won't be waiting in line and we can start social distancing right at the front door!
  • Why buy online? Daily capacity is limited to allow for substantial social distancing. We have 385,000 sq. ft. of space, and if you’ve ever been to SMO on a quiet day, you know just how much room we have to spread out!
  • Please choose your date carefully – tickets are nonrefundable and can’t be transferred to another date.
  • Members can still log into their account to access free tickets.
  • Guests using special passes or needing other assistance may call the museum’s Guest Relations team at (405) 602-3760 to reserve advance tickets.

As of July 1, out of respect for the museum staff and other guests, and following scientific evidence that masks prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19, face coverings are required for all staff and all guests ages 3+. The face covering must be uniform, not made of mesh or other fabric with holes or other openings, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents. The intended nature of the material should be protective from virus spread. Face coverings should be worn covering the mouth and nose at all times unless outside or while dining in the Cafe. 

Masks may be purchased at the Box Office or Science Shop ranging from $1 - $10. 

For those who might need an alternative, a limited number of complimentary face shields of varying designs are available for check out. Those requesting a medical waiver or wishing to borrow a face shield may submit your request here.

Violating this policy may result in being asked to leave the museum without refund.

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Limited Capacity

You're a VIP

You've always been a Very Important Person in our eyes, but the SMO experience just got even more special! We're limiting capacity to allow for VERY generous social distancing. We have over 8 acres to spread out and explore which means you and your family benefit from personalized attention from our amazing team members. It's like having your very own science museum!

Masks

Masks Policy

As of July 1, out of respect for the museum staff and other guests, and following scientific evidence that masks prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19, face coverings are required for all staff and all guests ages 3+. The face covering must be uniform, not made of mesh or other fabric with holes or other openings, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents. The intended nature of the material should be protective from virus spread. Face coverings should be worn covering the mouth and nose at all times unless outside or while dining in the Cafe. 

Masks may be purchased at the Box Office or Science Shop ranging from $1 - $10. 

For those who might need an alternative, a limited number of complimentary face shields of varying designs are available for check out. Those requesting a medical waiver or wishing to borrow a face shield may submit your request here.

Violating this policy may result in being asked to leave the museum without refund.

 

What's Changed...and What Hasn't

The same rich experiences - with a few changes!

  • As of July 1, out of respect for the museum staff and other guests, and following scientific evidence that masks prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19, face coverings are required for all staff and all guests ages 3+. The face covering must be uniform, not made of mesh or other fabric with holes or other openings, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents. The intended nature of the material should be protective from virus spread. Masks may be purchased at the Box Office or Science Shop ranging from $1 - $10. 
    For those who might need an alternative, a limited number of complimentary face shields of varying designs are available for check out. Submit your request here.
  • You’ll be able to explore the museum freely, as usual!
  • Some galleries, exhibits, and experiences will briefly close throughout the day for sanitizing.
  • Some exhibits will have limited capacities to ensure room for social distancing.
  • Our Science Live and Kirkpatrick Planetarium shows will have limited capacities to allow for space between families.
  • Pavlov’s Café will be open with some changes to the way you’ll order, get drinks, and so on – one of the outstanding café staff will guide you through the process.
  • Drinking fountains will be temporarily closed – additional bottle filling stations have been installed at water fountains to allow for easy refilling of water bottles.
  • As always, you can bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages into the museum.

Health and Sanitation

Safety is our top priority - always.

  • As of July 1, out of respect for the museum staff and other guests, and following scientific evidence that masks prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19, face coverings are required for all staff and all guests ages 3+. The face covering must be uniform, not made of mesh or other fabric with holes or other openings, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents. The intended nature of the material should be protective from virus spread. Face coverings should be worn covering the mouth and nose at all times unless outside or while dining in the Cafe. 

    Masks may be purchased at the Box Office or Science Shop ranging from $1 - $10. 

    For those who might need an alternative, a limited number of complimentary face shields of varying designs are available for check out. Those requesting a medical waiver or wishing to borrow a face shield may submit your request here.

    Violating this policy may result in being asked to leave the museum without refund.

  • Our staff continuously clean restrooms, exhibits, high-touch areas, and dining areas throughout the day, enhancing our already stringent cleaning standards.
  • All of our staff are required to wear masks at all times and will have their temperature checked when reporting to work. Staff experiencing any sign of illness are not be allowed to report to work.
  • If you’ve been to the museum, you likely know we had hand sanitizing stations all over the place – we’ve added even more!
  • Our exhibits team built dozens of stations for pop-up disinfecting wipes – those have been installed throughout the museum for you to access any time you might need one.
  • Some areas will close briefly throughout the day for sanitizing and some areas and exhibits will be temporarily unavailable in an abundance of caution.

Museum Events, Programs, and Group Bookings

Group Admission: Group bookings of all kinds, including field trips for summer camps and daycares, are welcome! Please complete our Group Admission Inquiry and we'll reach out to confirm your details. Group Admission >>

Event Rentals: The museum is available for event rentals of all kinds. Event spaces may have limited capacity. See our event spaces and start planning your event today! Event Rentals >>

Birthday Parties: We have all new birthday packages to allow for safe social distancing.

Birthdays >>

 

SMO 21: Sign up for SMO 21 emails to be the first to know when our next one is scheduled! SMO 21 >>

Badge Classes for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America: We are currently booking private badge classes and some virtual badge classes. Learn more >>

Early Explorers and Storytime Science: Our early childhood education programs are going on as scheduled! Learn more >>

Support SMO

Your gift can make a difference today.

As you can imagine, this has been a difficult time for all cultural institutions. We're no different. We've been humbled and encouraged by the words of support and financial contributions from our community:

I hope this donation offsets some of the burden incurred from COVID-19.
Thank you for offering the outstanding live streams on social media. 
-SMO Donor

We cannot say thank you enough for supporting SMO during these challenging times. If you’ve ever considered giving to SMO or buying a membership, and if you are able, your gift can make a difference today. donate today >>

View our original statement on COVID-19

The following was published on March 14, 2020:

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority.

Science Museum Oklahoma temporarily closed to the public beginning on Sunday, March 15.

When we speak of Science Museum Oklahoma, we see it not as just an institution for learning and play. We see it as people. Families, community, connections and commitments. Our mission to reveal the wonder and relevance of science brings people together over shared experiences, around blurring the lines between science, technology, engineering, art, math, history and culture. Science Museum Oklahoma is where curiosity finds courage.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic now tests us in an unprecedented way. The health and safety of our staff and guests is, and always has been, our top priority. With numerous confirmed cases in the region and the understanding that cases will rise exponentially as testing becomes widely available, COVID-19 has escalated into a public health emergency that fundamentally disrupts our mission and ability to maintain museum operations in a safe way. We are deeply concerned about the health and safety of our extended community.

Science Museum Oklahoma will temporarily close to the public beginning on Sunday, March 15, in an effort to encourage social distancing and to stem the spread of COVID-19 at this critical stage. Guests are encouraged to visit our website for updates on a reopening date. All events and programs during this time are canceled. Guests who have events scheduled at the museum during this closure will be contacted by museum staff.

As an institution of science, we believe it is vitally important that we follow the guidance of national and local leaders to adopt science-based best practices that will safeguard the health of our staff, guests and the community. We take seriously the need to act responsibly and make the financial sacrifices needed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We are in communication with local and state officials, key leaders and colleagues around the region, state and nation, and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control. There are no known cases of COVID-19 connected to Science Museum Oklahoma. Our highest priority is to support community efforts to minimize the spread of this dangerous disease and we call on cultural institutions across the state to join us in this temporary closure.