UPDATE | Monday, March 30, 2020
Based on the national guidelines announced recently, MOAS will remain closed through April 30, 2020, when we will again evaluate our timeline for possible re-opening. All programs and events scheduled for the month of April have been postponed and their new dates will be announced once we know when we will be able to open again. We appreciate your support during this time and hope you are enjoying the content we are providing on our social media channels!
UPDATE | Tuesday, March 17, 2020
For the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers and on the best advice on how to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art and the Lohman Planetarium will be temporarily closing to the public at 5 pm tonight, Tuesday 17th March. At this point, we do not know for sure when we will reopen, but this will be continually assessed as the situation we are all dealing with develops. As of right now all of our programs in March have been canceled and any programs and events from April onwards should be regarded as preliminary until we are sure we will be reopen for them. Please keep checking our website or social media pages for regular updates and news on any postponements or cancellations, and the latest news on when we anticipate reopening.
While our buildings may be closed to the public, our staff will still be busy! We have been working on lots of ideas to keep you all engaged and entertained while the majority of us are hopefully staying home. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for some fun, educational content that we will be adding to regularly, as well as the most up-to-date information about what is going on at the Museum. And please let us know if you have ideas on anything you would like to see us talk about or subjects and topics you would like us to cover.
We thank you all for your continued support and understanding of how important it is to look after our staff and volunteers right now. More than anything we look forward to welcoming you all back to MOAS the moment it is safe for us to do so.
As we all find ways to work together to minimize the impact of COVID-19, the Museum of Arts & Sciences would like to share what is being done to keep our visitors and staff safe while working to keep the Museum running as normally as possible.
Both the Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art will remain open to visitors, including the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum and the Lowell and Nancy Lohman Family Planetarium. We have asked our cleaning team to prioritize the most popular areas of the Museum to make sure they are sanitized regularly, although you may see that some of the exhibits in the Children’s Museum have been removed or closed temporarily for reasons of hygiene. We are also making sure that we have handwashing stations and hand sanitizer regularly stocked around the Museum for the use of our guests.
Because of concerns over larger group gatherings for prolonged periods of time, we are canceling all of our museum group programs through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. This will include:
o Friday, March 13: Movie Night in the Lohman Planetarium: Friday the 13th Part II
o Saturday, March 14: Pi Day Celebration
o Saturday, March 14: Second Saturday Laser Rock Concert
o Tuesday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Social
o Wednesday, March 18: Wednesday Yoga in the Gallery
o Thursday, March 19: Florida Vistas Book Club: Final Decade
o Friday, March 20: Night Sky Viewing Party – Spring Equinox
o Saturday, March 21: Afternoon with Florida History
o Wednesday, March 25: Lunch and Learn: Curator’s Choice
o Wednesday, March 25: Wednesday Yoga in the Gallery
o Friday, March 27: Porch Talk at Gamble Place: Florida During the Progressive Era 1890-1920
o Monday, March 30: MOAS After Hours
o Tuesday, April 14: MOAS Guild High Society Garden Party
Pre-paid admission holders for these events will be hearing from the MOAS Guest Relations team today to process any refunds. We will be assessing any future postponements or cancellations as the situation continues to develop, and for that reason will not be taking reservations for future programs that are provisionally on our calendar until we know for certain that they will be held.
We completely understand that many people may not want to come to visit the Museum right now, so we are working hard on some online projects so that you can still enjoy the Museum from your own home. Please visit our Facebook page (@MOASDaytona) for the latest news and details on any videos or live-streamed talks, tours, and demonstrations that we post to bring the Museum experience to you.
As I am sure you all understand, this situation is constantly developing, and circumstances continue to change rapidly. For all the latest information please refer to our Facebook page (@MOASDaytona), website (MOAS.org) or sign up for our online mailing list. We promise to bring you any news or updates as soon as we can and appreciate your patience while we all work through this.
Thank you once again for your support and patience, and we hope to see you back at the Museum soon!