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Science Mill reopens with new safety measures

The Science Mill in Johnson City offers 50-plus exhibits on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

The Science Mill in Johnson City reopens June 23, and staff have been busy making it safe for the public.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) museum, which has been closed since March, is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Phase III reopening restrictions to protect visitors from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The Science Mill has divided the hours it is open on most days so staff can deep clean in between sessions. Hours are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors ages 5 and older are asked to wear masks while inside the museum. No masks will be required in the outdoor Science & Art Park, but visitors should still practice social distancing.

Other measures include:

  • providing gloves for hands-on exhibits (a few will remain closed to visitors)
  • adding hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility and touch-free towel and soap dispensers in the restrooms
  • staff wearing masks and gloves
  • staff continuously disinfecting exhibits, handles, and other frequently touched surfaces
  • selling admission online for a contactless entry
  • opening two entrances for social distancing and shorter lines

The museum is also offering a variety of hands-free fun and has put together a guide to these attractions, including poison dart frogs up close — you definitely don't want to touch those!

Check out the expanded Science & Art Park and its Labyrinth, Butterfly Garden, Giant Bubbles Station, and Scavenger Hunt for exhibits where it is easy to keep your social distance of 6 feet apart from people not in your group.

Visit the museum's What's New and Different page for more details on what to expect during your visit.

The Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City. Contact 844-263-6405 or info@sciencemill.org for more information. Go online to purchase tickets.

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