Health and Safety During COVID-19

In accordance with the New York City vaccine requirement, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the Museum.

Visitors must show proof of vaccination:

  • All visitors ages 5 and up must show proof of vaccination.
  • Visitors ages 12 and older must show proof that they have received two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or another approved vaccine, or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
  • Beginning January 29, 2022, all visitors ages 5 and older must show proof that they have received two vaccine doses.

Personal identification with name and photo or date of birth is also required for visitors ages 18 and over. Examples of accepted forms of identification include driver’s license, non-driver government ID card, passport, or school ID card. 

Proof of vaccination may include:

If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

  • First name and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the FDA or WHO are acceptable)
  • Date(s) administered
  • Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it.

The health and safety of visitors and staff is a top priority. A number of changes have been made to ticketing and operating procedures based on guidance from public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.

Advance Ticket Reservations

  • All tickets—including Member tickets, complimentary tickets, and pre-paid pass tickets—must be reserved online in advance of your visit.
  • Tickets are timed-entry. Time slots available from 10 am–4 pm, now through February 27, 2022.

See Plan Your Visit or the ticketing FAQ for more information about planning your trip. Find out how to get your vaccinations at the Museum.

What We’re Doing to Help Keep You Safe

  • Using timed-entry ticketing
  • Upgraded ventilation systems
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the building
  • Wearing facial coverings at all times

Health and Safety Requirements for Visitors

  • Avoid visiting if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with someone infected with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Wear a facial covering throughout the visit (for all visitors ages 2 and up), remain together with your party, and children under age 12 must remain with adults at all times. No neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandannas, or face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes.
  • Maintain physical distancing with others outside your group.
  • Use hand sanitizer, which will be available at stations throughout the building.
  • Follow directions from staff and signage for physical distancing, reducing contact, and other guidelines for use of facilities.
  • Follow the Museum’s Code of Conduct.
  • Visitors who require an accommodation for any of these items must contact [email protected] before your visit to discuss your needs.

Temporarily Unavailable

The following are temporarily unavailable:

Services and Amenities

  • Coat check service
  • Drinking fountains
  • Cafes*
  • The Planetarium Shop is closed but the main Museum Shop and special exhibition shops will be open. The front half of the Dino Shop on the 4th floor is open 10 am–5:30 pm on weekends only.

*No eating is permitted in Museum galleries. The Food Court is now open from 10:30 am–3:30 pm, Wednesday–Sunday, or visitors may leave and return using the same timed-entry ticket on the same day.

Halls and Exhibits

COVID-19 Safety in Museum Classes

In addition to establishing health and safety protocols for visitors in exhibition galleries, the Museum has modified onsite classes to provide a safe learning environment for children, youth, and families. 

  • Classroom capacities: Each classroom has been analyzed to determine the safest capacity, and this number has been posted outside each space.
  • Air quality in the classrooms: Each classroom has been analyzed to ensure optimal air quality and purification. Classrooms have also been outfitted with air purifiers.
  • Enhanced sanitation: All objects and surfaces used in class have been sanitized before use and can only be used by individuals or families. 
  • Hand-washing: All class participants are required to wash or sanitize their hands prior to class commencing. Hand-washing or sanitizing is also available and encouraged during class. 
  • Quarantine recommendations and class closures or postponements: The Museum frequently reviews CDC, New York State, and New York City guidelines to determine when quarantines should be recommended to participants or when classes should be postponed due to potential exposures. Participants must disclose to Museum staff when they test positive or if they have been exposed to COVID-19. 

Exposure to COVID-19

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Although the Museum has taken enhanced health and safety measures, it cannot guarantee that you or members of your group will not be exposed to COVID-19 while at the Museum. 

The cooperation and participation of our visitors in following health and safety protocols and requirements is essential to better ensure that all within the Museum remain healthy and safe. Your adherence and the adherence of anyone in your group (including children) to the Museum’s Code of Conduct is mandatory, and noncompliance may result in removal from the Museum.

By visiting the Museum, you voluntarily assume all risks for yourself and minors in your custody and understand that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by entering the Museum. 

The Museum has taken the Stay Well NYC pledge.


This page was translated into Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Korean on June 10, 2021. Information on this page has been updated since that date. For the most up-to-date information, view this page translated by Google to your language.