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Science Museum of Virginia Expands Operating Days and Hours to All Week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting Monday, Oct. 1, the Science Museum of Virginia will be open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. This is the first time in its 41-year history the Museum has been open for a full day on Sundays, and the first time in nearly 10 years it has stayed open the entire week during the school year.
Since January 2009, the Museum has been closed to the public on Mondays from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Leadership made that decision to operate on a six-day-a-week schedule – closing on the lowest visitation day – as a cost-saving measure when state agencies were facing budget cuts.
Since the 1990s, Sunday hours have been 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prior to that, it was only open Sunday afternoons. This new schedule gives guests two additional hours in the morning to enjoy the Museum.
“The guest experience is top of mind at the Museum and expanding our operating hours is what our guests tell us they want,” said Chief Wonder Officer Rich Conti. “This change gives Virginians more time to get hands-on with science and question their world. It also simplifies our schedule, making it easier to communicate. The last thing we want is for guests to be confused about when we’re open.”
The Museum will continue to be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In addition, it will be closed two Mondays each year to allow for building-wide cleaning and maintenance projects: the Monday after Labor Day and the Monday after New Year’s Day.
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