GMD COVID-19 Updates

GMD COVID-19 Updates

Current Policies

Grout Museum/SBIVM & Imaginarium Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The Planetarium is open! Learn more.

The safety of our visitors and staff is of the highest concern. Our policies are currently as follows:

  • Masks are no longer required but are strongly recommended for unvaccinated visitors.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the Museum Store and at other points throughout the building.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding! 

Other Grout Museum District department policies:

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SBIVM Exterior


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Grout Museum Exterior

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors is our highest priority. As concern regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States and our region is increasing, we want you to know that we are closely following official government recommendations and the advice of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Black Hawk County Health Department, and the City of Waterloo.

The Grout Museum District is following the guidance of public health officials and staying open with regular business hours. While we are operating as usual, we are also working on a contingency plan and preparing for changing circumstances. Should we decide to cancel or postpone any scheduled events, we will do our best to communicate this message to you in a timely manner. Please check our website for the latest information.

Here’s how the Museum District is responding:

•    Hand sanitizers will be available at the front desks and throughout District sites

•    Staff are regularly sanitizing high traffic surfaces

•    All staff and volunteers are washing hands frequently with soap and water as per CDC guidelines

•    We are requiring staff and volunteers to remain home if any signs of illness are present

Our recommendations for visitors:

•    Wash hands frequently with soap and water

•    Avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose, and mouth)

•    If you were planning to visit the Museum but have symptoms of illness, please stay home

•    Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw tissues away after each use (then wash your hands for 20+ seconds!)

•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick

For other updates from the CDC visit their website:

For more information about how Iowans are being affected, visit:

We are monitoring the evolving situation closely and will announce any further changes and updates. Thanks for your understanding and support.