COSI postpones planned reopening due to spike in coronavirus cases

A poll conducted by USA Today has unearthed the country’s favorite science museum — COSI in Columbus. Photo: Robb McCormick Photography -
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A poll conducted by USA Today has unearthed the country’s favorite science museum — COSI in Columbus. Photo: Robb McCormick Photography -

Credit: Robb McCormick Photography

Credit: Robb McCormick Photography

Franklin County has seen an increase in coronavirus cases

The planned reopening of COSI has been delayed.

The Columbus science museum had planned to reopen to the general public on July 15 but an increase in coronavirus cases in Franklin County caused the postponement.

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A partial replica of a Triton submersible provides a great photo opportunity for "Unseen Oceans" visitors who have cameras at the ready. ©AMNH/D. Finnin

Credit: Denis Finnin

A partial replica of a Triton submersible provides a great photo opportunity for "Unseen Oceans" visitors who have cameras at the ready.  ©AMNH/D. Finnin
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A partial replica of a Triton submersible provides a great photo opportunity for "Unseen Oceans" visitors who have cameras at the ready. ©AMNH/D. Finnin

Credit: Denis Finnin

Credit: Denis Finnin

“COSI has undertaken this action out of concern for the health and safety of its Members, Guests, and Team,” the organization posted on its website.

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“The Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System currently ranks Franklin County as an Alert Level 3, indicating a very high exposure and spread of coronavirus, and the State of Ohio has announced that Franklin County is currently approaching Alert Level 4.”

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“DC SUPER HEROES: Discover Your Superpowers,” an exhibition featuring the iconic characters of comics, film and graphic novels, will open at COSI Feb. 8 and run through May 25. Photo: Jennifer Dummett for The Children's Museum

Credit: Jennifer Dummett for The Children's Museum

“DC SUPER HEROES: Discover Your Superpowers,” an exhibition featuring the iconic characters of comics, film and graphic novels, will open at COSI Feb. 8 and run through May 25. Photo: Jennifer Dummett for The Children's Museum
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“DC SUPER HEROES: Discover Your Superpowers,” an exhibition featuring the iconic characters of comics, film and graphic novels, will open at COSI Feb. 8 and run through May 25. Photo: Jennifer Dummett for The Children's Museum

Credit: Jennifer Dummett for The Children's Museum

Credit: Jennifer Dummett for The Children's Museum

No new reopening date has been set.

The museum is automatically adjusting membership fees for museum members. It is also offering COSI Connects, a digital path to at-home science discovery, videos and hands-on projects.

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COSI closed its building on March 13, just 10 days after it was named the #1 Science Museum in the 2020 USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award contest.