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Reopening Update

This has been a hard time for everyone, and while we still aren’t able to open our doors—yet!—we wanted to go ahead and share how the museum will be a safe and fun experience when we do reopen.

The health of our guests and staff is our top priority. In order to enhance guests’ safety while they enjoy all MoPOP has to offer, we’re establishing a number of health, safety, and sanitation protocols in line with federal, state, and local guidelines.

In times like these, community is more important than ever. We want you to know that we’re here for you, and as we adjust to new ways of living and socializing, we want to help you stay connected to the world and each other through the power of pop culture.


What to Expect When We Do Reopen

Increased cleaning and sanitation

• Increased housekeeping services across the museum, with a focus on high-touch areas like bathrooms and elevators.

• Use of electrostatic sprayers at a minimum of every 30 minutes in galleries and high-touch areas.

• Installing touchless hand sanitizer dispensers at all museum and exhibition entrances and high-traffic areas.

• Touchless soap dispensers in all bathrooms.

For employees

• Required training on COVID-19 and ways to protect themselves and others.

• Temperature checks and a health questionnaire for all employees at the beginning of every shift.

• Employees required to wear face masks at all times in the museum.

• Requiring employees to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from guests and other employees.

• Plexiglass dividers at ticketing and retail counters.

For guests

• Requiring guests wear face masks covering the nose and mouth unless they have a condition that prevents them from doing so.

• Requiring guests to maintain at least 6 feet of social distance (households arriving together do not have to practice distancing).

• Decreasing usual museum capacity by 70% to facilitate social distancing.

• Requiring tickets purchased in advance for a specific entry time to maintain capacity.

• Only accepting credit/debit card or digital wallet payments.

• Providing (and cleaning after every use) stylus pens for guests to use with interactive elements.

• Restricting use of coat check except for storing items not allowed in the museum.

• A limited grab-and-go menu from CULTURE KITCHEN by Wolfgang Puck

More Information

For information on the virus and steps you can take, consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Washington Department of Health, and Public Health - Seattle & King County.

Hours and Events

• The museum is currently closed due to COVID-19.

• At this time, all programs and events are virtual. Check out our current calendar here.