Dear Museum Members and Friends,
As we begin summer, I wanted to bring you up to date with our work to re-open the Museum. But first, I wanted to acknowledge your patience and support over the last three months. As parents and caregivers of young children, you have no doubt been challenged with schools and day care services being closed, work and employment disruptions, navigating through health challenges, and most recently the social upheaval in our country resulting from the death of George Floyd. More than ever, our children need our love and support. Their routines, friendships, and opportunities for play and learning have all been upended. It has been a trying time, with much anxiety and uncertainty testing us all.
Although the Museum has been eerily quiet without the thousands of children's voices we are used to, we have been working hard to sustain the Museum you know, as well as trying many new things. Our staff has been creating hundreds of online activities for you to enjoy at home, and I know many of you have used them. We started a new Museum podcast, Big & Little, to discuss topics relevant to families and children. We have been fortunate to be able to retain our staff to ensure continuity to our key initiatives and to plan for the re-opening of the Museum. And we have partnered with our fellow museums, zoos, and aquarium to coordinate our plans and work with State and City officials to re-open in a safe way. During this time, many generous supporters have helped us financially, and we are deeply appreciative and humbled by their commitment to the Museum.
While we do not yet have a firm re-opening date, we are optimistic it will be this summer. What we do know is that the Museum will have new procedures and practices in place when we re-open, including online ticketing and reservations, timed visitation, extensive new cleaning protocols, and significantly reduced capacity to allow for safe distancing. As you know, we are a hands-on environment, created to help children and families experience the joy of discovery and exploration. Our staff has undertaken an in depth examination of our exhibits and programs and completed a comprehensive review of how to ensure safety while still offering a fun and memorable experience at the Museum.
We are excited about our re-opening and welcoming you back. In the weeks ahead I will communicate more details about our re-opening when they become known. In the meantime, please know that the Museum's top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff.
Stay safe and stay tuned for more information!
President and CEO
The Museum Will Suspend all Planned Programming and Re-Opening Until Risk to Public Has DeclinedActing in accordance with recent announcements from Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh, Boston Children’s Museum will remain temporarily closed. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and evaluate this decision in line with recommendations from the city and state.
The closing will help the community with the “social distancing” that is necessary to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus at this critical stage. All public and private events to be held at the Museum will not occur during the closure. Some events may be rescheduled to a later date. School visits and other education programs scheduled during the closure will be cancelled.
We’re happy to report that Museum programming is continuing online. Please visit our website for daily updated activities, programs, and rich resources from our staff, partners and special guests. We are also busy working on future program and exhibit development, and ways to stay deeply connected to our communities and help them through this crisis. These steps will ensure that families can return to the Museum knowing that our priority is that everyone has a playful, joyful, and healthy hands-on, interactive experience at Boston Children’s Museum.
The Museum staff will update any changes on its website along with social media channels. For additional information, please visit www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org