The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, together with much of the State, shuttered its operations in March due to COVID-19. Since that time, many businesses and industries have been given permission to open to the public within new, strict safety guidelines. Although technically “museums and libraries” can open, it is clear that the regulations are really aimed more at traditional art and history museums where visitors walk and look at things – rather than interact with multiple hands-on elements. In addition, most recent research indicates that the main threat of infection comes from larger numbers of people in relatively small, indoor spaces with limited fresh air exchange and circulation.
We have started to experiment with opening some of our largest galleries to very limited numbers of visitors, but we are far from being just generally open. Therefore, it is problematic to give passes for schools to raise money – with a product that the purchaser may or may not be able to use. Unfortunately, we do not have a firm date for our re-open and do not wish to provide these until we can stay open, likely mid to late 2021.
For now, we have decided to suspend our program of offering passes for fundraisers. We hope we will be able to get back to more regular operations before too long.