Reopening FAQs

The Lawrence is pleased to welcome back Members, friends, neighbors, and all of our visitors on Saturday October 30, 2021 to our full reopening. 

In light of COVID-19 and associated precautions, we have prepared this informational page to address frequently asked questions and concerns. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I reserve my tickets?

You can reserve your tickets online through our website or buy tickets when you arrive. 

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Yes, we will be selling tickets at the door.

What should I do if I am not feeling well?

If you are not feeling well, please stay home. We are glad to exchange your tickets for another day if you have to cancel because of illness. 

What is The Lawrence doing to ensure the upkeep of safety and hygiene?

Exhibits and public spaces are sanitized regularly. We have hand sanitizer widely available and several places where guests can wash their hands. Our air system uses 100% outside air with no recirculation.

Will I need to wear a mask when I visit?

Following city ordinance and University policy, for the safety of all guests and staff, we will be opening with the expectation that everyone age two and above, regardless of vaccination status, will be masked in order to enter our building and participate in our activities. Please wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth while inside. We can provide you with a mask at the front desk should you arrive without one. You may temporarily remove your mask to eat or drink in one of the designated areas outside. Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the building. 

Is the planetarium open?

Our planetarium is currently closed.

Is the Animal Discovery Room open?

The Animal Discovery Room is currently closed.

Is the 3-D Theater open?

Yes, the 3-D Theater is open and tickets to shows may be purchased in advance or at the Visitor Services Desk.

How crowded will The Lawrence be?

Capacity will be controlled to maintain the health and safety of visitors and staff. 

Is the Discovery Store open? 

Yes, the Discovery Store will be open.

Is the Bay View Cafe open?

Our Bay View Cafe is currently closed. A limited selection of snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the Discovery Store. Due to masking requirements, eating is not permitted inside the building. Designated areas outside will be available as eating spaces.

Are group sales or field trips packages available?

Yes, please contact for more information.

Where can I find additional help on site at The Lawrence?

Feel free to approach any staff member or head to the front desk for assistance.