The Perot Museum reopened Saturday with limited occupancy and hours. New public health protocols and ticketing procedures were also in effect.
The museum will be open Saturday and Sunday with 25% occupancy.
Beginning Sept. 18, the museum will operate Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Guests are advised to purchase advance online tickets, which will guarantee their entry time and allow them easy access using the self-scanning entrance. Guests must arrive within an hour of their designated times. Only groups of 10 or less will be allowed to purchase tickets.
“It’s good to go out, better than being inside the home. We have space, and new things to see. It’s good,” said guest Luciane Leal Zwerkovoski, who visited with her two kids.
The Foster family checked out exhibits with their son and their friends on opening day.
“It’s been tough this year, in terms of activities available for the kids,” says guest Franklin Foster.
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“I think it’s worth it. I think it’s about safety, and safety first. I think they’ve done a great job,” says guest Rea Foster.
There are social distancing cues everywhere you look, and sanitizer just a reach away.
The Perot Museum's new safety standards align with those recently adopted by 60 other Dallas arts and culture organizations, as well as policies, protocols and requirements set by the CDC, state, city and county officials.
Some areas of the Museum will be temporarily closed, including the Moody Family Children's Museum, The Hoglund Foundation Theater and a number of interactive activities.
"We have been working tirelessly to reopen, and our staff members are excited to get back to our educational mission of inspiring minds through nature and science," said Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer. "And while some areas and activities are temporarily closed, rest assured our five-level 180,000-square-foot museum offers plenty of discoveries around every corner."
The CEO told NBC 5 that members will get their memberships extended by six months to make up for the time the museum was closed.
The museum's Community Partners Program will return, offering $1 admission to those enrolled in state or federally-funded programs.
NBC 5's Yona Gavino contributed to this report.