The Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville plans to reopen to the public at noon on Saturday (July 18) with new processes and procedures in place because of COVID-19.
“The safety, health, and well-being of our members, guests and team are our top priority, and is the critical factor in the decision to reopen the museum to the public,” marketing manager Paul Stolt said in a statement. “We modified and enhanced processes and procedures to maintain and sustain the high-level of cleanliness our guests expect and mitigate as much risk as possible to COVID-19 by aligning with guidance and directives provided by local pediatricians, public health officials, and the Centers for Disease Control.”
Face coverings will be required inside and outside for all Amazeum employees, members and guests ages 10 and older. Children between the ages of 2 and 9 are strongly encouraged to wear masks while at the museum. There is no mask requirement for children under two. Guests without face coverings will be given a mask. Entry to the museum will be prohibited without face coverings, Stolt said.
The establishment has also changed the hours of operation to allow time throughout the day for additional cleaning and disinfecting. The children’s museum will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and from 3 to 5 p.m. The early time slot will be reserved for Amazeum members only and the facility will be closed on Tuesday.
There will also be limited capacity and guests as well as members must purchase and reserve tickets for time slots on the Amazeum’s website. No onsite ticket purchases will be allowed.
Physical distancing will also be required throughout the museum. Guests and members will be asked to enter and exit through designated doors upon arrival and departure. Children are asked to play 6 feet apart when in the museum. Access to other experiences may be limited, as necessary, to help maintain physical distancing.
Tickets for non-members cost $10 for a two-hour time slot for children 2 years and older as well as adults. Members do not require tickets but must make online reservations.