Discovery Center Updates Mask Policy

Aug. 17, 2021

Based on guidance from public health officials (both nationally and locally), beginning Aug. 18, 2021, Discovery Center will temporarily require all indoor visitors age 4 and older to wear a face mask or face shield in order to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. Face masks are not required when visiting outdoor areas.

“This decision was made in response to the exponential rise in cases of COVID-19 in general and the Delta variant’s impact on children in particular – most of whom are not yet eligible to be vaccinated,” said museum President and CEO Tara MacDougall. “We will continue to monitor the situation in our county and region, and follow guidance from public health officials, making adjustments to this policy as needed.”

Discovery Center members who have questions about this policy as it relates to their membership may email

For those interested in COVID-19 vaccinations or testing, Discovery Center recommends visiting the Rutherford County Health Department’s website at

In addition, Discovery Center is participating in National Immunization Awareness Month throughout August, sharing information and resources to highlight the importance of vaccines. We encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to ensure you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines. For more information, visit