The Museum is Temporarily Closed
We care about the health and well-being of our families and our community. We support Stay Home Stay Healthy and all social distancing recommendations so that we can make an impact.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We wish you and your family good health.
Best Practices for Keeping Your Family Healthy
Hands On has extensive, museum-wide cleaning practices including sanitizing surfaces and props by dedicated staff who are cleaning the museum repeatedly throughout the day.
You may be concerned about COVID-19, a new coronavirus covered in the media. This virus does not cause illness in every person. For those who do get sick, symptoms can range from a mild cold to more severe pneumonia. At this time, the risk of infection is similar to other flu viruses. However, the situation is evolving and new cases are discovered daily which can heighten concerns. As part of our best practices, we are monitoring directions from the Thurston County Health and Social Services Department, Washington State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Keep your family healthy from flu viruses or the coronavirus include:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The Museum is asking families not to visit if they are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and toss it after sneezing or coughing.
- Stay home and away from others if you or your family members are ill.
- Sick children are already asked to stay home from preschool and camp. A general rule to follow is that if you or your child have a fever or are too sick to go to work or school, then you are too sick to visit the museum.
Hands On Cleaning Best Practices:
The museum implements a higher cleaning standard than most public places on a daily basis.
- All props are sanitized on a regular schedule and are either laundered, sanitized in a commercial-grade sanitizer, or hand sanitized. We provide bins for removing props from the floor that need to be sanitized right away. Select high use props are sanitized daily.
- We are strengthening sanitizing by adding additional custodial support daily from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. We have added an additional hand sanitizer to the vestibule located at the museum entrance. Hand sanitizer is already available at multiple locations throughout the museum.
- Day Porter staff clean public restrooms hourly, sanitize "high-touch" surfaces before opening and again mid-day, and empty garbage throughout the day.
- Janitorial staff vacuum and clean floors, sinks, and restrooms and empty garbage nightly in all museum spaces.