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It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become. – Dr.Seuss, The Lorax
Safety & Cleaning
How do you maintain cleaning & social distancing with kids?
Following state and city guidelines, Galveston Children’s Museum will re-open at significantly reduced capacity to allow for proper social distancing. Safe distancing will also be facilitated by visits limited to two 2 hour visit time each day.
To manage visitor capacity, admission is by advanced registration and ticketing only. All exhibit areas will have recommended capacity limits based on CDC guidelines and the specific size and layout of each space. We ask families to respect the space of other families while being understanding that social distancing is hard for children. Museum staff will have an increased presence to assist with social distancing concerns or questions.
Cleaning and sanitizing of all surfaces and exhibits will occur frequently. There will be hand sanitizer throughout the Museum. Visitors are encouraged to clean their hands often. Museum playworkers are required to wear a mask as well as wash or sanitize their hands after interacting with a visitor or every 30 minutes.
Will everyone including children have to wear masks?
Museum staff and any visitors age 5 and over will be required to wear masks that cover their mouths and noses.
Are you handing out masks?
As you can imagine, as a non-profit we cannot afford to provide masks to all our visitors. We will not be distributing masks to visitors. All visitors are expected to bring their own masks. A limited number of masks will be available for purchase at the admissions desk.
Are you taking temperatures?
Galveston Children’s Museum will be taking the temperature of visitors upon arrival.
Is your staff having temperatures taken?
Yes, all Galveston Children’s Museum staff will complete a daily health check-in upon entering the Museum.
Ticketing & Admissions
What days and times will the Museum be open?
The Museum will be open Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
Can I purchase tickets onsite?
Yes, onsite and online tickets are available. Advance online Advance phone reservations are required to save your group’s space.
Will you offer timed ticketing? How does it work?
The Museum will now offer staggered tickets Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Your ticket will be valid for a one-time slot. The entirety of your visit will take place during the time slot. The last entry is 1 hour before closing.
All visitors and members are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance to insure availability. Please note that the Galveston Children’s Museum is operating at a significantly reduced capacity for your safety, and same-day tickets may be extremely limited. We will accept walk-ins as space is available.
Give us a heads up!
Running Late? Call us before your reserved time. Your reservation will be held for the 1st hour of your 2-hour playtime. Late entries may forfeit part of playtime. Your ticket will be valid for a one-time slot. The entirety of your visit will take place during the time slot. No refunds are given however we may be able to reschedule your visit if space is available.
How much time does my timed ticket allow?
What if I arrive late for my timed ticket?
Your ticket is valid for the reserved two-hour slot. You may up to 1 hour late, but your entire visit must take place during the scheduled time slot. Tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Your reservation will be held for the 1st hour of your 2-hour playtime. Late entries may forfeit part of playtime.
What if I buy timed tickets and can’t come on that day/time?
If you need to reschedule a reservation due to health concerns, please call us at (409)5722544 BEFORE to move your reservation to a future date.
Can I leave the Museum and reenter on the same day?
Yes, you may leave and re-enter the Museum during your timeslot.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes, we do ask that visitors keep their stroller with them at all times.
2+ Years: $7
SNAP/Medicaid Assistance: $1
Will the Museum be open for Family Free Night’s?
At this time, the Museum will not be open for Family Free Night’s. We are committed to bringing it back in the future.
Can we bring in outside food and drink?
Yes! You are more than welcome to bring outside food, we just ask that you refrain from eating in our exhibit areas. We have outdoor seating with picnic tables and umbrellas that you may use. We also have an indoor snack area that parents may use.
Will there be water available from the fountain?
Due to state-regulated health mandates, our water fountains will not be available. There will be water for purchase in The Gift Shop.
Will the Shop at GCM be open?
The Gift Shop at GCM will be open during Museum hours.
What exhibits areas are open/closed?
All exhibit areas will be open. We removed all costumes and puppets from our Theater Room & cushions from our Reading Nook.
Will my membership be extended?
The Museum announced on March 13, 2020, that all Family Memberships will have their expiration date extended to compensate for the time the Museum was closed. The updated member expiration date has been emailed to members. If you have opted out of email from the Museum, you will not receive this or any additional news from us.
Do I have to make a reservation?
For your safety, so that the number of people in the building can be limited, all visitors, including Family Members need to make a reservation in advance. There is no charge for Family Members to make a reservation. To make a reservation please call us at 4095722544.