SMO and COVID-19

Science Museum Oklahoma temporary closure

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

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. Jump to information about memberships, museum programs, #SMOatHome, and supporting the museum.

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.

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View our press release on the temporary closure >>

Memberships

If you're a museum member, you've pre-paid your admission for a year – and we want to be sure you get the full value of your membership once we reopen. To ensure that you don’t miss any time to explore, learn, and discover with us, once we reopen your membership will be automatically extended for the amount of time we were closed. Additionally, any memberships purchased or renewed while we’re temporarily closed will be valid for a year from the date we reopen. Support SMO during this closure by getting a membership today >>

Program Updates

All events scheduled for March and April have been canceled. If you have not received a refund for a program you or your child was registered for, please contact Guest Relations at (405) 602-3760 or email reservations@sciencemuseumok.org and we'll be happy to help!

Summer Camps: Summer camp registration will open April 8, 2020. Learn more >>

Girl Scouts and Scouts BSA: Girl Scout and Scouts BSA progams for March and April have been canceled.

SMO 21: Tickets for upcoming SMO 21s are not available for purchase. Sign up for the SMO 21 email list to find out when tickets go on sale >>

Teen Apprentices: Teen Apprentice interviews have been postponed. Applicants will receive additional information from the program coordinator. Read more >>

Earth Optimism Teen Event: The Earth Optimism Teen Event, developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian, has been postponed.

Bringing the Museum to You

Although our building is closed, our physical location isn’t what makes SMO so special – it’s our people.
 
Our team has been working hard to bring the museum to you through our new #SMOatHome series across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. We’re broadcasting live on Facebook at 10 a.m. Monday-Friday with animal meet and greets, gardening tips, Storytime Science and Early Explorers, “Will it Float” challenges, and more, plus adding activities and experiments you can do with things around the house to keep the STEAM learning rolling, and Tom Arnold, the director of the Kirkpatrick Planetarium, is taking you to outer space each week with the view from his telescope!
 
Keep an eye on our website for new STEAM resources for your family, and if you try an activity or just like what you see, let us know using #SMOatHome! We’re doing our part to stay home and hope our efforts online make it a little easier for you to stay home, too. We’re all in this together, after all.

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Support SMO

Since temporarily closing our doors on March 15th, 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. As an organization, we’ve made a commitment to continue paying our staff even though our doors remain closed during our busiest time of the year. They’re all working from home to keep our mission to reveal the wonder and relevance of science moving forward and ensure that when we reopen SMO will be better than ever.

If you’ve ever considered giving to SMO, and if you are able, your gift can make a difference today. Visit sciencemuseumok.org/donate to learn how you can help.

This page was last updated at 4:30 p.m. on April 6, 2020, and will be updated as new information is available.