UPDATE April 10, 2020
Dear Friends of the Arizona Museum of Natural History,
While we are in this time of closure, we at the Arizona Museum of Natural History are working behind the scenes to create avenues to share science education online and planning a return season of exhibitions and programs.
In the interest of public health and safety amidst this unprecedented situation, our intermission will be a little longer than we originally anticipated. The City of Mesa has extended the closure of its recreation centers, museums, convention center, Mesa Amphitheater, libraries and Mesa Arts Center. Mesa City Council will be reviewing the situation on a monthly basis. Read the city's announcement here.
Please note: The Arizona Museum of Natural History’s reopen date is dependent on the state of the health crisis and its economic impacts. For additional information about City of Mesa closures and impact, please visit https://www.mesaaz.gov/city-hall/coronavirus.
We appreciate your continued patience and understanding of the situation. Membership benefits and Dino Passes will be extended according to the length of closure.
Know that we will continue to share developments with you, our valued patrons and supporters, and we are anxiously awaiting the day when we can welcome you in person again. Thank you for your patience and support.
Thomas H. Wilson
Director of the Arizona Museum of Natural History
UPDATE March 15, 2020: Arizona Museum of Natural History closed beginning March 17 until further notice
Out of an abundance of caution and to support other preventive measures underway, the City of Mesa has decided to temporarily suspend all public operations at the City's museums--Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum--in support of efforts to combat COVID-19 (coronavirus). The museums are always closed on Mondays and will stay closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice. Mesa Arts Center is also closed for all public participation, including suspension of events, theater programs and studio classes. Customer service representatives will remain available by phone to answer and address customer needs or questions. The situation will be monitored and updated regularly, adjusting or extending as needed in response to the situation. Each organization's websites will be updated to inform the public of any changes--see below for a list of the website addresses.
You can also see a full list of City of Mesa updates here: https://www.mesaaz.gov/city-hall/coronavirus
The City and our staff thank you for your patience and your support as we move through the days and weeks ahead.
We at the Arizona Museum of Natural History are committed to the health and safety of our visitors and employees. As such, we follow recommended business cleaning practices.
A professional cleaning crew come nightly disinfecting key areas such as bathrooms, door handles, handrails, and elevator buttons. They also refresh the bathrooms once a day
The Exploration Station is the room for our youngest audience that has many of our hands-on activities. These objects are sanitized after each volunteer shift. Hand sanitizer is available and soap to use for anyone in that room.
Deep cleaning and larger exhibition maintenance projects take place when the museum is closed on Mondays.
If you notice a dirty toy or untidy space, please bring it to our staff’s attention as soon as possible.
We also make sure staff and museum volunteers are playing their part with good hygiene. Staff and volunteers are expected to wash hands regularly and must stay home when they are ill.
FYIs during cold/flu season
It is cold and flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine to help stop the spread of germs. More info: cdc.gov
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
If you don’t have a tissue, couch or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please stay home.