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COVID 19 Guidelines

Covid-19: guidelines for your visit

From the 26th December mainland Scotland moves to level 4 restrictions. This means that Aberdeen Science Centre will be closed. All affected bookings will be automatically refunded. 

When you come to visit us, things will look different!

Safety come first (closely followed by discovery and fun), and it is important that everyone follows the Scottish Government guidance to protect themselves and others. This means you must respect the new guidelines in place at Aberdeen Science Centre but it shouldn’t stop you from exploring as a group and having fun. The full Scottish Government Guideline can be found here.

The Scottish Government’s latest advice limits group meetings to a maximum of six people from two households (under-12s do not count), from Monday 14 September.

From 6pm Friday 18th December, Aberdeen City moves into Level 3. Aberdeen Science Centre will remain open throughout as per the Scottish Government guidance for Visitor Attractions. Travel restrictions will be in place and you should not visit us if you live out with Aberdeen City. Do not travel to Aberdeen Science Centre from Level 1 or Level 2. If you have a booking after the 18th December and you live out with Aberdeen City we will be in touch to refund your booking. This process will take some time so we appreciate your patience whilst we work through the bookings.  

During your visit we have put a number of measures in place to keep you, other visitors and our team safe which are explained in the video below.  

Book in advance

To control the number of visitors in the building advance booking is required, including for STEM Passport holders. 

If you feel unwell, please stay at home

If you feel unwell please do not visit. Give us a call and we’ll reschedule your booking.

Temperature Checks

As part of our control measures you will have your temperature taken on arrival. We will not keep a record of your temperature.

Face Coverings

Face covering are required to be worn in the Science Centre unless you are under 5. Full Scottish Government guidelines can be found here.


Please stay with your group, be respectful of others and follow our social distancing signage

wash your hands

Hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the centre, but please remember to wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

Increased Cleaning

We’re doing all we can to ensure your hands-on experience is clean and safe, this means we have regular ‘touch point’ cleans, deep cleans and anti-viral fogging. 

Contactless payments

Our till points are operating a cashless system, this means payment by card or contactless only at reception, and in the shop and cafe. 

NHS TEST and PRotect

We’re recording the time visitors arrive and contact details which will only be shared with the Test and Protect team if someone who has visited the Centre tests positive for Covid-19.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures throughout Aberdeen Science Centre for you, other visitors and our team however, a risk of Covid-19 exists in every public place where people are present. By coming to Aberdeen Science Centre, you are accepting that you have a duty to take steps to ensure your own safety and respect other groups who are also visiting.

We’re good to go

The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark mean we can demonstrate that we are adhering to the Scottish Government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have the required processes and protocols in place.


We are aware that many of you will have questions regarding the opening of Aberdeen Science Centre. We have therefore tried to publish as much information as we can to keep you in the know. 

What precautions are Aberdeen Science Centre taking?

Aberdeen Science Centre are requiring all visitors to book in advance either through the website or by calling the centre on 01224 640340, this will help us control the number of visitors in the building and allow for social distancing.

As per Scottish Government guidelines, face coverings will be a requirment indoor.

We’ve increased our cleaning regime and installed hand sanistiser units throughout the centre.

Do visitors have to wear a face mask to visit Aberdeen Science Centre?

Yes, as per the Scottish Govenment guidelines you are required to wear face covering indoors and whilst moving about the science centre. Face coverings can be removed whilst sitting in the cafe. 

There are some exceptions to face coverings which can be found here in the Scottish Government Guidelines. 

Will toilets be open?

Yes, toilets including our Changing Places will be open. However, access is reduced to one family group at a time. There will space outside the toilets for queues. 

Am I able to visit Aberdeen Science Centre if I am showing covid-19 symptoms?

No, please do not visit if you are showing symtoms. Please follow the Scottish Governement guidelines, self isolate and organise for a test. 

Please give us a call on 01224 640340 and we will reschedule your booking. 

Why are you operating cashless payments only?

Contactless payments will help to protect visitors and staff from using equipment that may lead to cross contamination of the virus. We have increased cleaning within the Science Centre and our focus will be on any hands-on elements. Taking payment systems out of this process allows our team to focus on the cleaning these areas. 

is the cafe open?

Yes, the cafe will be open operating at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing and with contactless payments preferred. 

Are you operating a one way system?

No, we are not operating a one way system and are encouraging our visitors to explore the Science Centre at their own pace. However, please keep together in your group at all times and respect the distance between other groups and our team. 

Is the shop open?

Yes, our science shop is open for those who are visiting the science centre or just wanting to visit the shop. Please remember that contactless is the preferred payment method.

Can I visit if I live in a different tier area?

Aberdeen Science Centre is currenlty in a tier 2 area. The Scottish Government guidelines states that you should not travel from a higher tier

This means that if you are in tier 3 or 4 you should not be visiting the centre. 

If you need to cancel your booking with us please email

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