So Much For 'Please Touch,' After COVID-19, Kids' Museums Will Be Less Hands-On

With their emphasis on interactive exhibits, children's museums must balance safety and survival in their decisions to reopen. Several have permanently closed since the onset of the pandemic.
A life-sized dinosaur family wearing masks bursts from the walls of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children's museum in the world. Source: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

It's hard enough for any museum trying to reopen right now, but children's museums face especially tough challenges. (Especially those with names like Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum, the Hands On! Discovery Center in Gray, Tenn., and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in Michigan.)

The biggest children's museums are fine for now — think San Francisco's , the or the granddaddy of them all, the , which opened in 1899.

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