NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Children’s Museum announced Wednesday that it will be reopening this summer.
The museum is set to reopen Saturday, May 29.
“We are counting down the days until we can gather together and focus on creating joy for children and families within our Museum once again,” said Julia Bland, LCM CEO. “We’ve been busy planning and preparing for expanded play opportunities both indoors and outdoors, and programs that will support the unique needs of children and families as our city and state continue to open up.”
The museum said guests can anticipate increased health and safety procedures including frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and exhibit pieces throughout the museum.
Hand sanitizing stations are strategically placed for frequent use, and museum staff and volunteers will encourage social distancing and repeated hand washing during visits.
The museum said mask will be required for all staff, volunteers, and guests including children ages 8 years and older. Masks are strongly encouraged for children 4 years and older.
“The LCM is uniquely designed to offer state-of-the-art air and water quality,” Bland said. “For example, the 100-foot Mississippi River water exhibit in our Move With The River gallery was specifically designed to ensure that the water that flows is purified and consumable — all day, every day. Even the cistern-runnel water features outdoors have purified water. Our high-quality mechanical system guarantees that the museum is one of the healthiest buildings in the state, which we feel is most appropriate for our youngest citizens and their caregivers. These are safeguards that we planned and put in place when designing our LEED GOLD facility and state-of-the-art exhibits,” added Bland.
Advance timed-entry tickets will be required for both the public and LCM members to effectively manage the number of guests in indoor exhibit galleries and outdoor landscapes and gardens in accordance with City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana guidelines.
Advance timed-entry tickets will be available beginning Monday, May 17 at 9 a.m. at www.lcm.org/tickets.
“Our children’s lives have been filled with uncertainty, anxiety, fear, and loss from being in and out of school, away from friends, teachers, and caregivers, and separated from grandparents, family members and others,” said Bland. “Children thrive on the dependability and predictability of their daily routines. We hope returning to a favorite, familiar, and playful Museum will create joy and a sense of normalcy for children and families.”
Admission to the LCM is $14 per person for adults and children 12 months and older. LCM Family Memberships are also available for purchase and include general admission for a full year of play and exploration.
LCM memberships that were active when the museum closed due to the pandemic will automatically be extended to account for the duration of time the museum was closed. All members will receive their full 12-month value of membership. New membership cards with updated expiration dates will be mailed to members in early May.
Louisiana Children’s Museum and Museum Store will open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. throughout the summer months. Acorn Café is open for families and park-goers to enjoy a snack, meal, or cool treat with dine-in and outdoor seating, or orders to-go. To order online, check Acorn’s hours, or view a menu, go to www.acornnola.com.
The LCM is currently accepting resumes for a variety of full and part-time positions. Detailed position descriptions, qualifications, and directions for applying can be found at www.lcm.org/about/join-our-team.