Discovery World announces reopening date

Discovery World

Discovery World plans to reopen to the public on July 22.

The first phase of the science and technology museum’s reopening will allow visitors to access the promenade, first floor of the Aquatarium building, the Rieman Aquarium, the Power On and Automation Everywhere exhibits, gift shop and parking garage.

Discovery World will operate at reduced capacity and will require all employees and guests over the age of 3 to wear a face covering. The museum this week launched its onsite summer camp with the new safety protocols and procedures.

“It is hard to describe the level of excitement we’ve shared with the return of onsite Summer Camp,” said Bryan Wunar, Discovery World president and chief executive officer.

The museum will host a members-only weekend July 18-19.

Discovery World closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its nonprofit operator announced in late June that it would cut 55 of its 120 jobs to maintain operations, and that it’s management team would take 3% to 10% salary cuts. Wunar took a 15% cut.

“We have been following the guidance of our local public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control, learning from many peer institutions that have opened, and listening to feedback from staff and the community,” Wunar said. “Everyone on our team has a role to play in bringing Discovery World’s mission to life, and we look forward to getting back to the core work of Discovery World.”

It’s among several museums to unveil their reopening plans this week. The Milwaukee Art Museum said it will begin taking visitors on July 16. The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend also announced it has reopened. 

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