COSI Is All Set To Reopen To The Public In Late November

After 7 long months, COSI will finally reopen to the public in November.

The science museum will officially re-open its doors on Friday, November 20 after implementing new safeguards against COVID-19. Originally, COSI had planned on reopening back in July, but they felt that they weren’t able to do so in a way that kept visitors safe.

Now, thanks to some new technology, families can finally return to the popular attraction.

“We have implemented a number of safeguards, including the addition of a new, scientific and technologically advanced UV-C photohydroionization air sterilization system to our building,” said Dr. Frederic Bertley, COSI President and CEO. “As we navigate through this global pandemic, the need for science literacy and engagement is more important than ever and only science will put the pandemic behind us. We look forward to welcoming everyone, including the scientists and leaders of tomorrow who will save us from the next global crisis.”

UV-C photohydroionization uses ultraviolet light in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems at COSI to eliminate germs, viruses, and bacteria. If any company was bound to find a super cool scientific response to making life safer during COVID-19, obviously it would be COSI. The UV-C light in the system reacts with a catalyst and moisture in the air to produce safe, ionized hydro-peroxide. The hydro-peroxide is completely safe for us humans, but not for germs.

From November 20 through December 20, COSI will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the first month, the hours will be re-evaluated and announced. In addition to the new UV-C system, the museum will also have a slew of safety protocols. They include:

  • All COSI Team Members and all guests ages 6+ will be required to wear face coverings while visiting COSI
  • All guests, including COSI Members, must reserve a timed admission ticket online in advance of their visit to ensure adequate space inside COSI for social distancing
  • All guests will be required to visit a hand sanitizer station as they enter COSI

Hand sanitizing stations will be readily available throughout COSI, near high-touch surfaces and hands-on exhibits. Some COSI experience will remain closed for the foreseeable future, including (but not limited to) the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, the Gadgets Stage, the Motion Simulator, the HIgh-Wire Unicycle, and the Submarine.

To start planning your visit, you can visit the COSI website here. For additional details on changes at COSI resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit COSI.org/covid19.

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