Originally, the museum was expected to reopen in early July, but that was delayed as cases began to spike.
"It seemed like Texas was in good shape, but then, we opened too early," CEO William Harris said. "The first spike never really went away."
Now, officials have implemented ways to make a visit to the museum safe, including scheduled entry, the elimination of queues and hands-on exhibits, the addition of no-touch turnstiles and more.
"We basically have to live with this," Harris said.
Visitors will no longer have to wait hours in line to board a tram to visit Rocket Park, which includes a massive rocket on display. Instead, visitors will schedule a tram tour and get a notification when it is time to board the tram so they can spend time exploring the museum that they would otherwise have to spend in line, Harris said.
“You really can plan your day," he said.
This feature will continue after the pandemic ends to make museum visits more convenient, he said. No tram tours of the Johnson Space Center besides Rocket Park are available at this time.
"It’s really a new experience if you return," Harris said. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org