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Name of InstitutionCity/CountryStatusDurationRemarksLinks to efforts in Viral TimesWebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitterPost-quarentine efforts
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June 22 2020The Mind MuseumTaguig City,PhilippinesClosedMarch 12 to indefiniteMetro Manila is on a lockdown with public facilities mandated to close indefinitelyAside from the public info campaign online supportive of government efforts, we also launched "Mind At Home" an online supplementary resource (videos etc) for teacher community groups now doing online learning with their students. Museum's 3D printers assigned to team member homes to make face shields for donations to hospitals. Subscription-based videos of museum exhibits tied to K-12 curriculum to be launched. We have repurposed our galleries to produce a TV show (will also be condensed as a podcast on radion AM stations) with our own Mind Movers (science communicators) as the characters. This is to broaden the reach of educ as online learning will reach only a very small percentage of Filipinos tsudents. This will be shown on television to reach audiences who do not have online access. We also designed recylable science kits which we are also now assembling and packing to be shipped to students. For in-depth "how-to's" tied to the curriculum, we are doing You-Tube channel episodes of MIND S-COOL to be accessed via subscription only.themindmuseum.org@themindmuseum@themindmuseum@themindmuseum
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April 14 2020Tech Dome PenangPenang, MalaysiaClosed March 19 to April 20Self imposed closureSpecial Covid programs- making of hand sanitizers, soap and proper hand washing methodfor scshools. Provided home made hand sanitizers to local authorities for use by police and other front line personneltechdomepenang.org@techdomepenang@techdomepenang@techdomepenang
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April 14 2020Konya Science CenterKonya, TurkeyOpenMarch 13 to June 1, 2020Development in progresskbm.org.tr@konyabilimmerkezi@konyabilimmerkezi@konyabilim
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April 14 2020National Taiwan Science Education CenterTaipei,TaiwanClosed for reconstructionFeb 17 to June 30Self-Health Management Notice Development in progressen.ntsec.gov.tw@ntsec
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July 27 2020Petrosains, the Discovery CentreKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOpenRe-opened since July 10, 2020 (Closed from March 18, 2020 until July 9, 2020)With the necessary approval from the National Security Council and guided by our strict SOPs, Petrosains was re-opened to visitors on July 10, 2020 with reduced operation hours & visitor capacity. Highly interactive exhibits and close contact areas are still closed. Only Front of House (FOH) staff are back in the centre donning their PPEs while the Back of House (BOH) staff are still on Working From Home (WFH) in adhering to social distancing. Public response has been encouraging with tickets mostly sold out during weekends which prompts us to review the reduced business operation hours by taking into considerations the HSSE and security matters.Petrosains is currently engaging our audience through multiple social media platforms and providing an extension of online learning content on Discover STEM (https://petrosains.com.my/discover-stem/) as well as Petrosains STEM Live series, which are series of live STEM and COVID-19 pandemic related discussions hosted by Petrosains via our FB and YouTube channel whereby Subject Matter Experts (SME) like doctors, professors, and young scientists are invited to share their knowledge, experiences & ideas. petrosains.com.my@petrosains@instapetrosains@petrosains
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April 14 2020Busan National Science MuseumBusan, South KoreaOpen on conditionuntil further noticeThe K-12 schools in Korea gradually began their semesters based on the decision made by the government.
National museums are getting back to normal under the 'Everyday life quarantine' policy which is guided by the Korean government.
Permanent exhibition halls are partially open, but some faiclities, such as the childrens science hall, the planetarium, astronomical bservatories, are currently closed. Hands-on exhibits are not allowed for public safety.
Online activities available on the websitehttps://www.sciport.or.kr/kor/CMS/Board/Board.do?mCode=MN044&mode=view&mgr_seq=3&board_seq=4853@sciport2016@sciport_busanhttps://www.sciport.or.kr/kor/CMS/Board/Board.do?mCode=MN044&mode=view&mgr_seq=3&board_seq=4584

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June 23 2020Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and InnovationTokyo, JapanOpen (since June 3, 2020 as per authorization from the Japanese government)After declaring a state of Emergency on April 7, 2020 and after seeing a lof of improvement, the government has gradually lifted the state of Emergency from mid-May. The last emergency controls were causiously lifted on June 19, 2020.
Still most locals continue to wear masks, keep social distancing and many still partially work from home. Schools divide the children into groups, many universities continue to offer online classes until summer.
Science Communicators have been in connection with the public and entertaining them through online classes and blogs.
Most of the staff worked from home.
https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/
Website renewed since June 23, 2020
@miraikan.jp
https://www.instagram.com/miraikan/?hl=en
https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/info/2004021525728.htmlIn collaboration with the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Miraikan continues to offer, every sunday, through online, useful information about Covid-19.
Admission tickets are available online and we have set reopening guidelines and safety measures complete with our Slogans 'Risk ≠ 0' 'Don't catch, don't spread'.
https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/news/general/202006191423.html
https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/news/general/202005291379.html
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April 14 2020Science Center SingaporeSingaporeClosed April 6 Until May 4Singapore government has announced for stricter control. SCS closed April 6 till 4 May. It is not a emergency but a measures step up, allowing operators to coordinate n all non essential facilities will close. Schools will close from next Wednesday. It is not a lock down because we can still go to the markets n banks n postal other essential services.Science Centre Singapore has come out with some stay home science resources and I would like to share the link to our online resources on our webpage (https://www.science.edu.sg/for-schools/resources/science-at-home) for easy reference. The list will be updated periodically as our content group is adding more content to it during this period.science.edu.sg@ScienceCentreSG@ScienceCentreSG@ScienceCentreSG
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April 14 2020Hong Kong Science MuseumHong Kong, ChinaClosedJanuary 29 until further noticeDevelopment in progresshk.science.museum@HKSCM@HKSCM
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April 14 2020NSM Thailand Thailandclosed Match 21 until further noticeOnline activities available on the NSM FB pagensm.or.th@NSMThailand@NSMThailand@NSMThailand
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June 3 2020National Science and Technology MuseumKaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C.Open COVID-19 pandemic prevention science education resource pack and how to make hand sanitizer videonstm.gov.tw@iloveNSTM@iloveNSTMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-9mL85m7t4
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April 14 2020Ontario Science CentreOntario, CanadaClosedMarch 14 to April 5thIn terms of offerings, we are also assessing what can be offered online.ontariosciencecentre.ca@OntarioScienceCentre@OntarioScienceCentre@OntarioScienceCentre
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April 14 2020Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC)Brunei DarussalamClosedClosed til further noticedThere was a plan to relaunch OGDC which should be taking place in April 2020, due to the recent outbreak of COVID19 in the country all programs are put on hold.All actions are now redirected to planning and preparing for the opening. Minimal workshops are done and shifted online.ogdcbrunei.com@OGDCBrunei @OGDCBrunei @OGDCBrunei
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April 14 2020Gwacheon National Science MuseumGwacheon, South KoreaClosedFebruary 25 until further noticeDevelopment in progresswww.sciencecenter.go.kr@scientorium@scipia.gnsm@scientoriumm.blog.naver.com/nsm2010
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April 14 2020Geoscience Australia Education CentreCanberra, AustraliaClosedMarch 26 until further noticeWorking to increase online resources and digital delivery
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April 14 2020
National Science Museum of Korea(NSM Korea)
Daejeon, South KoreaClosed until further noticeTemporary web page opened where some science education contents and science activities are available and users can access e-archives of NSM. Contents include videos&texts of simple experiments at home and various science/technology information(only in Korean)science.go.kr @nsmscience @nsmscienceNADA
science.go.kr/html/n_main/online_science/online_science.html
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April 14 2020Macao Science CenterMacao SAR, China
Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only in 2 sessions. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
April 1 until further notice
Closed on Monday through Thursday. Closed on April 4 (Ching-ming Festival)
We clean and sanitize our premise more regularly than before, and we provide hand sanitizer to our visitors. We check body temperature for visitors and request for declaration of health status and travel history upon entry. We limit admission crowd to allow for adequate social distancing. We have posters and advice all over our premise about good hygiene practice. In addition, we offer online public info and videos on the fundamentals of the Coronavirus. Joint COVID-19 prevention & control campaign with the science centers across the greater bay area. Introduction and demonstration on the use of iNaturalist application. Pictorial on animals and plants that are only availalble in Macao. Online education programs are in progress with selected local schools. More online programs of different themes are being developed. Recap of our recent star-gazing activity and viewing of partial solar eclipse in Macao, celebration of the International Planetarium Day on March 8, as well as sharing of astronomical news via our facebook. Quizzes, games and lucky draws are held via social media channels to help cheer up our fans during this difficult time.
www.msc.org.mo@MacaoScienceCenter@macaosciencecenter@mscmacao
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April 14 2020
CPAS Masters Outreach (Questacon Science Circus)
AustraliaOnline outreach onlyUntil further noticeMoving to students/Circus presnetrs creating clips for social media, digital activities for teachers/homeschoolers, and virtaull workshops@DrGrahams
@DrGrahams/status/1244424117492703232
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April 14 2020China Science and Technology MuseumBeijing, ChinaClosedJanuary 24 until further noticeCSTM is closed but staff are working to develop online resources
CSTM is developing popular science videos on epidemic prevention and control since February in Chinese. Six of the videos are being subtitled in English and we will share them with other museums later.
cstm.cdstm.cn/e
cstm.cdstm.cn/e/action/ListInfo/?classid=422
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April 14 2020Science Center for EducationBangkok, ThailandClosedUntil further noticehttps://sciplanet.org/spaceandtimehttps://sciplanet.org/@ScienceCenterForEducation@sce_moensce@sci-educ.nfe.go.th
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May 7 2020National Museum of Natural ScienceTaichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.Open Currently keep openIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been taking several proactive precautionary measures, including measuring body temperature, making hand sanitizers available and stepping up our cleaning schedule of facilities and exhibition areas. Visitors who are not wearing masks or showing any cold or flu symptoms such as fever, cough or fatigue are prohibited to enter and recommended to seek medical examination as soon as possible. Additionally, visitors are asked to keep 1.5 meters apart from others while visiting.We want to assure you that there have been no known cases of COVID-19 among our staff, volunteers, or visitors. We are acting out of an abundance of caution, following recommendations and guidelines from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to monitor the developing situation carefully and revise our plans as necessary. Any changes and updates to our programs or hours will be announced on the Museum website.https://web2.nmns.edu.tw/nmns/nmns_eng/01about/index.html@nmns Taiwan
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July 21, 2020PFST-Philippine Science CentrumMarikina City, PhilippinesClosedMarch 12- indefinite
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August 12 2020Bursa Science and Technology CenterBursa / TurkeyClosedUntil further noticeOnline actvities are available on website, FB, Youtube and Instgramhttp://www.bursabilimmerkezi.org/@BursaBTM@bursabtm@BursaBTM
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