A note from the Bird Aviation Museum:
We hope that you and your family have been able to stay happy and healthy during the past two and half months during the COVID-19 outbreak. The museum is excited to announce that we are now able to reopen effective immediately. The hours will resume to normal of Tuesday through Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM.
Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center is doing its best to keep guests, volunteers and staff safe. Like many other businesses and establishments, we are taking considerations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends regular consistent cleanings of common surfaces as an additional preventative measures. This cleaning will happen continuously throughout the day as visitors are at the museum.
During the summer months, the Panhandle Health District implemented a mask ordinance. The order, dated July 23, 2020, states that "every person in Kootenai County is required to wear a face covering that completely covers the person's nose and mouth when a person is in a public place and when physical distancing of 6 feet of others cannot be maintained." The museum is providing staff and volunteers with disposable face masks and gloves to wear while here at the museum. If a staff or volunteer is feeling unwell, we request that they stay at home and not visit the museum.
Upon walking into the museum on the gift shop counter there is a bottle of hand sanitizer and we encourage the Museum staff, volunteers and guests to sanitize their hands when walking into the museum.
The children's magnetic toys, coloring sheets and kids simulator display, has been covered up and roped off for the time being. The Museum staff will be encouraging children to stay with their parents at all times and not wander freely around the museum. The museum still has the children's scavenger hunts and prize box available.
In addition, the Museum is encouraging guests to observe social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart while visiting the museum and looking at the cases and displays. This is a recommendation under the guidance of the CDC. When walking in the museum you will immediately see signage and tape markings on the floor where we have taped off the museum into 10 different areas and we request that the visitors stay within their own designated area before proceeding on to the next when available.
While these changes are recommendations from the CDC and Panhandle health district, the museum is doing its part by recommending and implementing their guidelines. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a museum staffer.
Lastly, thank you for staying strong and continuing to support the museum during this time. As many businesses have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have lost a significant amount of our walk in cash donations that keep the museum up and running on a daily basis. If you would like to donate to the museum, here is the museum's PayPal link. The Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a tax acknowledgment letter will be sent.
Museum is OPEN, Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 3pm. We hope to see you soon.
We thank all of you and have a great summer!