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Name of InstitutionCity/CountryStatusDurationRemarksLinks to efforts in Viral TimesWebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitterPost-quarentine efforts
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April 14 2020The Mind MuseumTaguig City,PhilippinesClosedMarch 12 to indefiniteMetro Manila is on a lockdown with public facilities mandated to close till May 31Aside 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.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, TurkeyClosedMarch 13 until further noticeDevelopment 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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May 12 2020Petrosains, the Discovery CentreKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaClosedMarch 18, 2020 until June 30, 2020 (tentative). To open to visitors tentatively on July 1, 2020In compliance with the Malaysian Government Announcement on nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO), all staff are currently on Working From Home (WFH) arrangement. By adhering to the strict guideline, we have zero COVID-19 cases among staff. Upon lifting of MCO, Petrosains shall be working on Split Team Working (STW) between Team A & Team B and taking turns to come to office in adhering to social distancing and to minimise the impact of infections and disruptions to the centre operations. Petrosains shall be open to visitors tentatively on July 1, 2020 with reduced operation hours, number of visitors allowed in, and staffing. Any changes to the re-opening date will be updated accordingly.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/). In supporting the nation during this trying time, we are working with partners in producing PPE for frontliners such as 3D printed faceshields and shoe covers. We have distributed 290 faceshields to hospitals with a target delivery of 1,000 units. We are sanitizating the exhibition/office areas, preparing SOPs to enforce social distancing and practising of high personal hygiene and making other necessary preparations to assure visitors of their safety when the centre re-opens tentatively on July 1, 2020. Till then, our operation staff are improving their capability, upskilling themselves via various e-learning modules, reaching out to our peers globally to learn adapting to the new norm while continuing inspiring people.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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April 16 2020Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and InnovationTokyo, JapanClosedFebruary 28 until further noticeMost schools and museums are temporarily closed under the government's requestWith the view to respond to general question, provide possible solution, and relieve concerns about Covid-19, Sience Communicators at home have been conducting live broadcasting every weekdays at 12:00 since 1 April collaborating and connecting with experts in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine. SCs also archive points and important messages of each broadcast in SC blogs for who could not watch them.https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/info/2004021525728.html@miraikan.jp
https://www.instagram.com/miraikan/?hl=en
https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/info/2004021525728.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
From February 26 until further notice
Most schools and museums are temporarily closed
until the government's decision to reopen
Temporary 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 noticeDevelopment in progresshttps://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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