The Boston Children’s Museum released its plan for reopening. Here’s what you should know.

Visitors can expect timed ticketing, reduced capacity, and enhanced cleaning procedures at the museum.

Boston Children's Museum. 30tops Les Veilleux

The Boston Children’s Museum is prepared to open its doors to the public later this month, the institution announced Saturday. 

The museum shared its plans a day after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said cultural institutions and museums would be allowed to open starting Monday as the city’s Phase 3 of reopening begins

“WE’RE REOPENING! Our smiles are ear-to-ear underneath our masks!” the children’s museum wrote on Twitter. “The Museum will open to members on July 17th, and then to all July 22.” 

The museum said the biggest measure being taken is timed ticketing. The museum will be open with two daily time slots, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., from Wednesday to Sunday.  There will be a limited number of visit reservations available for each time slot, since capacity at the museum will be “significantly reduced” to guard against the spread of the coronavirus. 

All tickets and reservations must be purchased or made online; tickets for all future visits to the museum can be purchased starting July 15. All visitors, with the exception of children under the age of 2, will be required to wear a mask inside the facility. 

“Our already robust cleaning practices have been further enhanced,” museum officials wrote. “Cleaning will happen before, during, and after your visit. Loose parts and manipulatives in each exhibit will be removed and replaced with a fresh set at the beginning of each play session. The Museum will conduct deep cleaning between the two hour visit time slots. All high touch areas and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected. High traffic areas will receive electrostatic cleaning.”

Some of the exhibits will remain closed, and those that are open will have capacity limits clearly posted and visible for visitors.


“We ask that families respect the space of other families while being understanding that social distancing is hard for children,” the institution wrote on its website. “Museum staff will have an increased presence to assist with social distancing concerns or questions.”

Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the museum, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own as well and clean their hands often. 

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