The Children’s Museum is temporarily closing after ‘unacceptable behavior’ of guests refusing to comply with the City mask policy
A statement from the Museum said these guests “have been inappropriately directing their anger toward our staff.”
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus announced it will close for ten days because some guests who have been upset about the museum’s enforcement of the city’s mask policy “have been inappropriately directing their anger” toward museum staff.
On Tuesday afternoon, the museum released a statement announcing its closure and the cancellation of all reservations from Jan. 26 through Feb. 4.
“For nearly 50 years, the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus has been a community gathering place where families can share moments of wonder and joy,” the statement said. “Our staff takes this mission seriously, and strives to help your family create memories in a safe and welcoming environment.
“Lately, this has been increasingly challenging,” the statement continued. “The Museum carefully follows public health guidelines, including mask wearing. We know the stress of the last two years has taken a toll on everyone in our community, but regrettably, some guests who object to the Museum’s mask policy have been inappropriately directing their anger toward our staff.”
The statement also thanked its members and guests who cooperated with the mask policy.
“We are sorry that the unacceptable behavior of others means you cannot enjoy the Museum at the time,” the statement said.
The museum said it plans to use the time to support its staff and update its policies to prevent similar incidents going forward.
Per the latest Denver Public Health Order, face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces for everyone ages two and older.
Venues and businesses are required either to enforce the policy or to operate as a fully vaccinated facility that requires proof of vaccination to enter. Businesses also have the right to refuse admittance or service to anyone who refuses to comply with the mask policy.
The city’s mask mandate will remain in effect until Feb. 3, 2022, unless the city decides to extend it or rescind it prior to its expiration.
The Children’s Museum offers interactive entertainment and learning for kids since opening in a repurposed bus in 1973. Now a nonprofit, the museum sees hundreds of thousands of guests at its Marsico Campus location each year. While the museum said it welcomes everyone, its target age group is newborns through eight years old.
Check the Children’s Museum website for updates on safety policies and reservations.