BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Museum of Science (BMS) today announced plans to reopen the traveling exhibition Golden Mummies of Egypt, presented by M&T Bank, on July 10, 2020. Upon its initial reopening, the exhibit will have a modified three day schedule of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Museum worked with exhibit partners NOMAD Exhibitions and the Manchester Museum to extend the exhibit’s U.S. premiere through October 18, 2020. The exhibit, which was only open for five weeks following its February 7 debut, was originally scheduled to close June 21.
Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences president and CEO Marisa Wigglesworth says that anyone can purchase tickets for Golden Mummies of Egypt, but members will receive a special perk.
“We’re thrilled not only to extend the U.S. premiere of Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibit run, but also to waive the $5 exhibit fee for our members,” says Wigglesworth. “The exhibit’s Buffalo engagement will likely be the only opportunity for our region to experience this world-class collection during its limited tour. Families everywhere are eager to come out from their homes and enjoy unique experiences this summer and Golden Mummies of Egypt is a perfect daytrip destination.”
Further modifications are needed before the Museum can open the highly interactive spaces on its first, third and fourth floors, as well as its 3D cinema and concessions area. General admission to available second floor spaces will be reserved for Museum members. Golden Mummies of Egypt tickets include admission to second floor galleries.
The Museum notes that there will be some operational changes that guests should familiarize themselves with before making the trek to the Museum.
Notably, the Museum is requiring that all tickets and member general admission be purchased or reserved in advance, either online or by phone, to ensure visitation stays within the 25% capacity outlined in the New York State’s phase four guidelines. All tickets will have a designated entry time to stagger admission and allow ample room for social distancing.
Once inside the Museum, guests can stay as long as they’d like, or until the Museum closes for the day.
All staff as well as guests ages two and up will be required to wear face coverings while inside the Museum in accordance with NYS mandates. Masks will be provided free of charge to guests who arrive without their own face covering.
Comprehensive cleaning and staff screening protocols have also been put in place. In an effort to eliminate the need for guests to touch exhibit surfaces, the Museum will provide each guest with a complimentary stylus to engage with interactive touch screens and exhibit buttons.
The Museum will not offer on-site sales transactions, meaning memberships must also be purchased or renewed online or over the phone prior to visiting.
The full Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences COVID-19 reopening plan may be found at https://www.sciencebuff.org/plan-a-visit/covid-19-reopening-plan/.
Tickets for Golden Mummies of Egypt include access to the second floor galleries and are $19 for adults and $16 for children 2-17, seniors 62+, students and military. Entry is free for Museum members and children under 2 years of age. General admission is reserved and free of charge for members.
Family memberships begin at $80 and include free admission to Golden Mummies of Egypt.
Tickets, member general admission and memberships can be purchased in advance at sciencebuff.org or by calling (716) 896-5200.
ABOUT THE BUFFALO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
Rooted in the belief that science creates opportunities and shapes our world, the Buffalo Museum of Science is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing relevant science programming to learners of all ages in the Buffalo Niagara region. Through interactive science studios and exhibits designed for multi-generational learning, the Museum showcases its extensive collection of more than 700,000 specimens and artifacts representing all facets of the natural world with an emphasis on Western New York. With a focus on raising the science literacy in the Buffalo Niagara area and beyond, the Museum offers hands-on workshops, camps, panel discussions, guided tours and enhance learning opportunities for its guests and community. Opened in 1929 in Buffalo’s Olmsted-designed Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, the Museum recently installed its eighth interactive science studio marking the completion of the Museum’s 9-year-long transformation of its guest experience. The Buffalo Museum of Science is governed by the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences alongside Tifft Nature Preserve in South Buffalo, a 264-acre urban wetland preserve on reclaimed former industrial land. Learn more at www.sciencebuff.org.