Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

These are challenging times for all of us, but the Discovery Center is here to help you and your family have fun and keep learning while we contend with school closures and social distancing.

Going forward we’ll be offering Discovery at Home – Resources for Home Learning & Play! You can find details at https://explorethedc.org/discoveryathome/. We are sharing resources for home learning and play, including activities, videos and favorite staff-picked links. Our goal is to continue engaging curious minds to fuel the future, so be sure to stay connected via social media, especially our Facebook page and blog.

We’re so grateful for the community that has been a part of Discovery Center for so many years. Remember that we’re all in this together, and we will do everything we can to continue engaging curious minds to fuel the future!

 


UPDATED 3/24/20, 6:30 p.m. CDT

Discovery Center extends closure through April

As our community continues efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Discovery Center has made the difficult decision to remain closed to the public through at least April. During that time, all events and programs are effectively canceled or postponed.

The decision reflects guidance from public health officials who recommend an extended period of closures to help slow the spread of the disease. Staying at home remains the most helpful way to prevent exposure and avoid overwhelming our healthcare system.

Although our facility is closed, we are here to help you and your family have fun and keep learning from home via our Discovery at Home – Resources for Home Learning & Play, available at https://explorethedc.org/discoveryathome/. These resources include activities, videos and favorite staff-picked links. Our goal is to continue engaging curious minds to fuel the future!

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves. If there are any changes to our operations, we will keep the public informed at https://explorethedc.org/covid.

As we contend with this extended closure, we want to express our deep appreciation for the many members and supporters who have made it possible for us to continue limited operations. Your support is vital to our mission. It funds continued care for the exhibits and animals that call the Discovery Center home. In addition, we are grateful for front line health care workers, truck drivers, grocery store clerks, and many others who are continuing to provide essential services.

For those who are able, we ask that you consider these additional ways to support Discovery Center during this challenging time:

  • Make a donation to support the museum while we are closed. Visit https://explorethedc.org/support-us/ to donate.
  • If you’re already shopping on Amazon or at your local Kroger, Target, Publix and more, these companies will give back to the museum at no cost to you.
    • Amazon: Shop using this link smile.amazon.com.
    • Kroger: Register your Kroger plus card at kroger.com/communityrewards. Our account number is PU532 and this registration must be renewed annually.
    • If you shop at Target or Publix the Planet Fundraiser app allows you to donate 2-3% of your total to the Discovery Center simply by taking a picture of your receipt. Download the app today and allow Target and Publix to give the donation on what you buy!

Stay informed about COVID-19 by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or by calling the COVID-19 Public Information Number: 877-857-2945 (Available 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. CST Daily).

 


 

EXPIRED UPDATE – 3/13/20, 5:15 p.m. CDT:

The Tennessee Department of Health (TNDH) has confirmed a positive test result for a case of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Rutherford County. Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our community’s mitigation efforts, the Discovery Center has made the decision to close temporarily beginning Monday, March 16.

We anticipate remaining closed for two weeks, through Friday, March 27, but will continue to evaluate the situation and post updates as they’re available. During that time, all events and programs are effectively cancelled, which include but are not limited to:

  • March 18 – Homeschool Lab
  • March 20 – Parents’ Night Out
  • All previously scheduled field studies, birthday parties, facility rentals, mobile education, etc.

During the closure, we will undergo a deep cleaning of our facility.

The outdoor areas adjacent to the Discovery Center, including the Murfree Spring wetlands which is managed by the City of Murfreesboro, will remain open.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves in Tennessee, and if any other changes to our operations become necessary, we will keep the public informed at https://explorethedc.org/covid.

To contact a member of our staff regarding this closure, please email info@explorethedc.org. Staff will be available for phone calls beginning Monday, March 16, at (615) 890-2300.

 


 

EXPIRED UPDATE:

The Discovery Center is committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for children and families.

We are following the recommendations of federal, state and local health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Tennessee Department of Health. With that in mind, we have taken the following steps for the health and safety of our visitors and the larger community:

  • Increasing the frequency of disinfecting hands-on elements of our exhibits and public spaces, including door handles, railings, countertops and other high-touch areas.
  • Highlighting signage within the museum that encourages visitors to wash their hands or use any of the hand sanitizer stations located throughout the facility.
  • Ensuring that any staff who feel ill should stay home, and establishing an internal communication plan for when staff resources must be shifted to cover employees on sick leave.
  • Encouraging our visitors to be mindful of our efforts to prevent the spread of respiratory disease (including the flu), which may mean social distancing or opting to visit on another day, if they are showing symptoms of illness.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation, including decisions by local health and school officials, in order to make informed decisions regarding our operations.

In the meantime, here’s what you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Stay informed by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or by calling the COVID-19 Public Information Number: 877-857-2945 (Available 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. CST Daily).