COSI will reopen to COSI Members and the general public on June 3, 2021. Learn More.

COSI will reopen to COSI Members and the general public on June 3, 2021.

COSI will be open four days a week, Thursday through Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Reservations will be required for all guests and face coverings required for guests 6 years of age and older.

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Reopening Responsibly
Nothing is more important to COSI than the health and safety of our guests and team. As a science center, COSI acutely understands the importance of maintaining a healthy and safe environment and the science behind COVID-19 transmission and prevention. COSI made a decision early in the COVID-19 crisis to only reopen to the public when it was safe to do so. COSI has closely aligned its reopening protocols with Ohio Governor DeWine’s Responsible Restart Ohio Guidelines. We have carefully instituted new health and safety protocols within the COSI building and implemented ways for the COSI Team and guests to be together, while ensuring social distancing.

Data-Driven Decisions in Partnership with Experts
COSI has always put the safety and welfare of our community, guests, and team first. Since COSI closed its building on March 13, 2020, we have navigated these unprecedented times and been frequent and transparent in all of our communications. We will continue to do so as we return to serving guests and make science available to everyone again. We are planning a gradual reopening, with room to adjust as we evaluate the latest data and receive ongoing guidance from our local, state and federal government and feedback from COSI’s Team and guests. COSI has built this flexible plan for reopening with further consultation from the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the American Alliance of Museums and local public health officials. Our plan will be regularly reviewed and refined based on the latest science and guidance that we may receive.

Important Changes for COSI Guests
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, COSI has been committed to reopening at an appropriate time and in a manner that ensures the safety of the COSI Team and you, our valued Members and guests. When you return to COSI, you will notice COSI has made a number of very important changes for your health and safety that include:

  • COSI installed a new UV-C Photohydroionization air sterilization system to the COSI building in partnership with Dublin, OH-based HVAC company Air Force One;
  • To ensure adequate space inside COSI for social distancing, all guests, including COSI Members, must reserve a timed admission ticket online before arriving at COSI;
  • COSI Members and the general public arriving without a timed admission ticket reserved online cannot be accommodated and will be denied entry to COSI;
  • To expedite guest check-in, COSI general admission has been simplified to a single, all-inclusive ticket;
  • All COSI Team Members and all COSI guests 6 years of age and older are required to wear face coverings while visiting COSI;
  • Signage to encourage social distancing and proper hygiene as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control has been posted throughout the COSI building;
  • All guests will be encouraged to utilize hand sanitizer stations as they enter the building;
  • Hand sanitizer stations have also been placed throughout COSI at high-touch surfaces and nearby hands-on exhibits;
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols have been put in place to ensure the COSI building and interactive exhibitions remain as clean as possible;
  • Early entry on weekdays to little kidspace for Ultimate and Premium Family COSI Members will be unavailable until further notice to permit additional cleaning of this space;
  • COSI’s Molecules Cafe, Atomic Cafe, and Science2Go! Gift shop will be open;
  • The 10:00am and 10:30am entry times on Sunday mornings are reserved for at-risk populations to visit COSI with their families;
  • Due to restricted spaces, some COSI experiences will remain closed for the foreseeable future, including:
    • National Geographic Giant Screen Theater
    • Gadgets Live Show Stage
    • Motion Simulator
    • High-Wire Unicycle
    • Submarine and Alvinsphere in the Ocean Exhibition Area
    • Bernoulli Blowers and Wind Table in the Gadgets Exhibition Area
    • Mercury Capsule in the Space Exhibition Area
    • 3D Audio interactive in the Life Exhibition Area
    • Wired Voice interactive in the WOSU Exhibition Area
    • Telephones in the Progress Exhibition Area
    • Drinking Fountains
Extension and Update to Traveling Exhibitions
  • The Cuba exhibition exhibition in the American Museum of Natural History Special Exhibition Gallery has been extended and will be included with COSI Membership or general admission;
  • The Animation Academy exhibition, originally scheduled for Summer 2020, will open at COSI in June 2021.
COVID-19 Warning
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other guests, and team members. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting COSI. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. According to local, state, and federal health officials, senior citizens with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting COSI you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Reopening FAQs

Q: What change is COSI making to its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to help ensure guest safety?

COSI has installed a new UV-C Photohydroionization air sterilization system to the COSI building in partnership with Dublin, OH-based HVAC company Air Force One. UV-C photohydroionization uses ultraviolet light within COSI’s HVAC system to destroy germs, viruses, and bacteria. Within the HVAC system, UV-C light reacts with a catalyst and moisture from the air to produce safe, ionized hydro-peroxide that will now be in the air at COSI. That hydro-peroxide is safe for humans in the air, but not for germs and viruses.

Q: Are advance reservations required to visit COSI?

A: YES! All COSI Members and guests are required to make a reservation online in advance to visit COSI. A confirmation email will be sent indicating the reservation date chosen. Guests may enter at any time on their chosen day.

Q: What days of the week will COSI be open?

A: COSI will reopen to COSI Members and the general public on June 3, 2021. COSI will be open four days a week, Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Q: COSI originally planned to reopen in July and November 2020. Why was there a delay?

A: COSI originally planned to reopen in 2020. At the time, Franklin County was at Alert Level 3, approaching Alert Level 4. Due to these conditions, COSI made the decision to delay its reopening. With a decline in COVID-19 cases in Franklin county and a rise of vaccinations, COSI plans to reopen its doors safely on June 3, 2021.

Q: Can I make a reservation in person?

A: No. Reservations and ticket sales may not be made in person. Purchasing a membership does not guarantee a same-day visit.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: COSI Members: Electronic or printed tickets should be in hand and ready for self-scanning as you enter COSI. Digital Membership or physical cards should be ready. To access your digital COSI Membership card, please download the COSI app and login to your account.
Guests: Electronic or printed tickets should be in hand and ready for self-scanning as you enter COSI.

Q: Can I print my ticket at COSI?

A: We are unable to re-print tickets at COSI. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Q: When should I arrive?

A: Guests may arrive at any time on the date of their reservation.

Q: Where do I park?

A: Parking is available in the City of Columbus underground parking garage immediately west of COSI and accessed off Belle Street (underneath Dorrian Green park).

Q: What COSI entrance do I use to enter?

A: Please use COSI’s main entrance on the west side of the building (facing Dorrian Green park).

Q: Can I use COSI admission coupons?

A: To minimize exchange of items between guests and the COSI Team, coupons cannot be honored at this time.

Q: What is COSI's policy regarding face coverings?

A: COSI is requiring the use of a face covering for ages 6 and older while visiting COSI. COSI Guests who have medical or behavioral health issues, disabilities, or other physical reasons that necessitate they be exempted from wearing a face covering are not required to wear one. Please let our team know as you arrive to check in at COSI.

Q: Will COSI’s food service locations and gift shop be open?

A: Yes! COSI’s Molecules Cafe, Atomic Cafe, and Science2Go! Gift shop will reopen along with the COSI building.

Q: Are some experiences closed or not currently available to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

A: Yes, due to restricted spaces, some COSI experiences will remain closed for the foreseeable future, including:
  • National Geographic Giant Screen Theater
  • Gadgets Live Show Stage
  • Motion Simulator
  • High-Wire Unicycle
  • Submarine and Alvinsphere in the Ocean Exhibition Area
  • Bernoulli Blowers and Wind Table in the Gadgets Exhibition Area
  • Mercury Capsule in the Space Exhibition Area
  • 3D Audio interactive in the Life Exhibition Area
  • Wired Voice interactive in the WOSU Exhibition Area
  • Telephones in the Progress Exhibition Area
  • Drinking Fountains

Q: Which special exhibitions are currently at COSI?

A:
  • The Cuba exhibition in the American Museum of Natural History Special Exhibition Gallery has been extended and will be included with COSI Membership or general admission;
  • The Animation Academy exhibition, originally scheduled for Summer 2020, will open at COSI at the end of June 2021.

For complete information about COSI’s reopening, click here to view our reopening guide.