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Children’s Museum to re-open next week

Children play in the Ed Westcott Room at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge before the Museum closed in mid-March.
The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will reopen on a three-day-a-week schedule and welcome visitors beginning Tuesday, June 2, now that museums across the state are allowed to reopen.

The Museum will take precautions recommended as a result of COVID-19, including social distancing and increased cleaning of the facility, to protect the safety of visitors and staff.

“Children’s Museum visitors will be expected to practice social distancing, and visitors ages 5 and older will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be optional for visitors ages 3-4,” said Beth Shea, Executive Director of the Museum. “All staff and volunteers in public areas of the Museum will wear masks, and the Museum will be vigilant about cleaning and visitor safety protocols.”

The Museum’s new schedule will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until further notice, and the staff hopes to eventually expand the schedule.

As a thank you to Museum members, the Museum will have a members-only reopening from 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 1.

Because of new safety precautions, some exhibits will be temporarily closed, and some items will be removed from display.

As a result, admission will be discounted by $1 per ticket. Current members will receive a three-month extension on their membership to compensate for the Museum’s two-and-a-half-month closure, Shea said. Group tours and large group programs will not be offered at this time.

Museum admission at discounted ticket prices is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62 and older, and $5 for children ages 3 and older. Admission is free for children under 3 and Museum members. For more information, see the Children’s Museum website at or call (865) 482-1074.