COVID-19 Procedures

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COVID-19 Procedures

Upon Arrival

1. Temperature Check

We will check your temperature before entry using thermal scanners (similar to the ones they use in airports). Visitors must have a temperature reading below 100.4 F in order to proceed to the next step.

2. health  Questionnaire

You’ll then proceed to the station where you will complete a health questionnaire. You must answer ‘no’ to all screening questions in order to proceed to the next step.

3. scan tickets

Lastly, we’ll scan your tickets and, if relevant, ask for proof of any reduced admission discounts you’ve applied to your reservation (Blue Star, Feinstein, etc).

All visitors (including members) must reserve a ticket (click here) for a specific day and time block prior to coming to the Museum.

New Hours of Operation Thursday – Sunday for 3 time slots: 9:30am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 1:00pm, and 2:00 – 3:30pm.

No on-site ticket reservations will be available. Your tickets are only valid for the date and time you selected.

If you are unable to reserve your tickets online, please call us at 401-273-5437 ext. 234 to reserve your tickets over the phone.

In Case of Illness (Cancellation Policy) – If you need to cancel, please contact us. Cancellations made at least 24 hours before arrival time will be eligible for a refund.

Group Visits – We will not be offering group visits or Birthday Parties at this time.

CLEANING

All Museum frontline staff will be cleaning high touch areas frequently throughout the day, using CDC-recommended products. Between visitor time blocks, additional focus will be on whole-Museum sanitizing.

Some loose parts within Museum exhibits have been reduced or removed. Those that remain will be disinfected frequently by exhibit staff and swapped out for new sets of previously disinfected items between each visitor timeslot.

In addition, the Museum is professionally cleaned with CDC-recommended products each night after closing. This includes disinfecting all high-touch areas including door handles, knobs, and stair rails.

The Museum has several new features to aid in the health and safety of its visitors and staff.
These include, but are not limited to:

  • New CDC recommended MERV-13 filters have been installed in the Museum’s HVAC system. These are hospital-grade filters which catch up to 90% of airborne particles – including viruses like SARS-CoV-2.
  • Two new systems to monitor humidity within the Museum have been installed, to be sure the humidity within the Museum stays within CDC guidelines.
  • A professional-grade antimicrobial spray has been used in the entire Museum. This is a semi-permanent (effective 6 months – 1 year) coating on all surfaces, including carpeting, and provides extra protection against SARS-CoV-2.
  • Touchless faucets have been installed in bathrooms.
  • Additional/new touchless soap, sanitizer, and paper towel dispensers have been installed.

HEALTH + SAFETY

Masks – All staff and visitors ages 2 and up must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times. No exceptions can be made to this policy. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not acceptable mask substitutes.

Adult Support – Adults are expected to help the children they are visiting with to follow all health and safety rules.

Physical Distancing – All visitors and staff must keep 6′ physical distance between themselves and other persons not in their party at all times.

We reserve the right to refuse admission or ask people to leave the Museum if they show signs of illness or are not following the health and safety rules that have been put in place.

Travelers – If you have traveled to or from any location listed on RIDOH’s travel advisory site within the last 10 days and have not self-quarantined for 10 days, please DO NOT visit the Museum unless you have received negative results from a COVID-19 test within 72 hours, per state guidelines.

Eating and Drinking – No food or drink is allowed on the premises; water bottles and baby bottles are the only exceptions. Water fountains are turned off.

TIPS FOR VISITING

Maximize your play time by arriving as close to your start time as possible.

Have your tickets ready; digital and printed versions will be accepted.

As always, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times during your visit.

Masks – All staff and visitors ages 2 and up must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times. No exceptions can be made to this policy. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not acceptable mask substitutes.

We strongly encourage the use of debit/credit cards instead of cash.

CAPACITY LIMITS

The Museum will operate at reduced capacity, in accordance with state guidelines.

There are capacity limits for each exhibit gallery and our outdoor spaces (some spaces are limited to one family/visitor group at a time). Please be mindful of capacity signs throughout the Museum.

PARKING

When able, visitors should park in alternate spots to allow for safe physical distancing for people entering and exiting vehicles.

Please observe the fire lane signs and park only in designated spaces to keep the lot safe for pedestrians, buses, and emergency vehicle access.

Accessible parking spots are available.

Parking is free. There is metered street parking surrounding the Museum. On Sundays and some holidays, street parking is typically free.

About Us

Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all through play, creativity, and exploration.

Hours and Admissions

Exhibits Closed
PCM’s exhibits are closed to the public until July 8, 2021 with the exception of vacation weeks. The Museum is available for birthday party and corporate rentals

All staff and visitors ages 2 and up must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times. No exceptions can be made to this policy. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not acceptable mask substitutes.

Group Visits

Providence Children’s Museum is the ideal place for school field trips, camp outings, homeschool and community group trips and Scout excursions.

About Play

While society often overlooks and undervalues play, we are here to celebrate and elevate it. Because we know play isn’t frivolous. It’s foundational.

For Families

Even though PCM is closed, we’ve collected an extensive resource of creative activities that will engage kids and their caregivers wherever you may be.

Become a Partner

PCM has brought the magic of learning to life for over 40 years. As a trusted resource for families and children in southern New England, PCM is an anchor in our community.

More than a Museum

PCM is committed to serving the children of southern New England – regardless of their financial ability. 40% of the Museum’s budget is dedicated to welcoming one-third of the Museum’s total audience free of charge or at greatly reduced rates through a variety of outreach programs.

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