Dear Da Vinci Science Center Community:
We have been monitoring and following guidance from the
Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) regarding the coronavirus (causative agent of COVID-19).
Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf issued statewide guidance strongly encouraging the
suspension of large gatherings, events, and conferences of 250 individuals or
more and discouraged individuals from traveling to recreational activities. Based on this guidance, we have determined
that it is in the best interest of our staff, volunteers, guests, and the
public health at large that we close the Da Vinci Science Center to the public
and cease all outreach activities from Saturday, March 14 through the end of
Our Visitor Services and Education teams will be communicating
with those who have booked school field trips, scout programs, STEAM Team outreach
programs, after school programs, classroom visits, science celebrations, birthday
parties, and any other reserved programs in an effort to reschedule or cancel
these programs and events. Our team will be available by phone or email during
this time to take reservations for programs in the future. We will extend all memberships by the amount of time that we are
While this was a difficult decision, we believe it is the
best course of action. Social distancing has proven to be one of the most, if
not the most effective ways to slow and lessen the impact of a pandemic. This
is a very challenging time for the Da Vinci Science Center and the community at
large. However, curiosity never closes. Science
and a scientifically literate society are humanity’s best hopes in addressing
the coronavirus and other major threats. We will continue to ignite curiosity
and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation and critical thinking.
Our work is now more important than ever. If you agree, please consider donating now. Your support will help keep curiosity open and inspire and empower the problem solvers of tomorrow. Donations received during this time period will provide scholarships to underserved students to participate in Science Center programs, including programs like Outbreak Alert!, a classroom program designed to inspire the scientists of the future by introducing students to the basics of how diseases spread, how to engineer an antiviral, and how to prevent an outbreak from becoming a pandemic.
As of now, we plan to
reopen the Science Center and restart our outreach programs in the community on
April 1. We will continue to monitor the situation and rely on guidance
from public officials and make further adjustments as necessary. We will
contact those with reservations on or after April 1 to confirm plans. Please
check our website for the latest information at davincisciencecenter.org.
We appreciate your continued support and wish you good health in the days ahead.
The team of staff and volunteers at the Da Vinci Science Center