Based on the request from the City of Tucson regarding events with more than 50 people, the Children’s Museum Tucson canceled its Art after Dark event on March 14, 2020. This free event, held in conjunction with the now-canceled Second Saturdays program, is an after-hours program that draws several hundred people to the Museum within a limited time frame.

At this time, the Children’s Museum Tucson and the Children’s Museum Oro Valley remain open for regular daily operations. We are following the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Pima County Health Department. While we have canceled March’s Art after Dark, we have not made changes to our daily programs or camps. We will continue to monitor the CDC, local, state and federal  recommendations for public organizations and will notify the public promptly should any additional changes or cancellations be necessary.

At Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley, we are always mindful of the health and safety of our visitors. Our cleaning protocols follow standards to prevent the spread of illness. We consistently clean, disinfect and sanitize the Museum exhibits and public spaces throughout the day and will continue to maintain a high standard of care in regards to any type of community health situation.

As we work to protect our visitors, we ask that visitors, also, take steps to stay safe and healthy. Be aware of other visitors. If you or your child are sick, we ask you to please visit the Museum on another day.

The Museum is professionally cleaned each night. Toys are disinfected in the washing machine or dishwasher or with an antibacterial spray. Exhibits are wiped down throughout the day with sanitizing wipes or sprayed with disinfectant. The Museum has supplemented the hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum; we continue to encourage staff and patrons to wash their hands with soap and water whenever possible.


Please be safe and follow these common sense steps from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The Children’s Museum Tucson and the Children’s Museum Oro Valley will close starting Sunday, March 15 and anticipate remaining closed through the end of March. Out of an abundance of caution, the Museum is closing to support social distancing and efforts to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Museum has not had any specific reports or concerns regarding illness. However, we feel closing our doors temporarily is prudent. We plan to keep busy at the Museum with projects (there are always projects!). For members, we will extend your memberships equal to the time of the closure.

We appreciate your understanding. We hope this won’t last long, and look forward to seeing you all back soon! Stay safe and playful!


For more information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Arizona Department of Health Services

Pima County Health Department

Museum Mask requirements

• As of July 28, 2021, based on updated CDC guidelines, the Museum REQUIRES all visitors age 5 and older to wear cloth or disposable face coverings that fully cover the nose and mouth while inside the Museum.
• Please follow recommended distance and sanitation guidelines. Hand sanitation areas are available outside and throughout the Museum.
• If you or a family member are feeling sick and/or have symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus, please stay home. We look forward to welcoming you when you feel better.
• Please do not bring food into the Museum.


For more information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention