Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Health & Safety

It is a top priority to keep our Center a safe and healthy space and to protect the well-being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers! 

Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets to visit Harsco Science Center (HSC) and Select Medical Digital Cinema (SMD) in advance but walk up tickets may be purchased, as well.  Tickets to attend HSC are currently priced at our welcome back discount of $10 per person.  Children age 2 and younger are free.  Whitaker Center is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Digital cinema-only tickets can be purchased in advance for $9.50 for adults (ages 18 and over) and $8 for juniors (ages 2-17).  Guests with tickets to the science center are able to add a documentary movie to their visit for a discounted price, upon arrival at the Center.

Members receive free admission to Harsco Science Center and discounted tickets to Select Medical Digital Cinema documentaries.  

ONLY our 3rd Street entrance will be open. All guests must enter at our 3rd Street doors. For those parking in Walnut Street Garage, please follow signs to Strawberry Square where guests will be directed down the escalator or elevator to the street level. After taking this indoor walk, guests can exit the building, cross the street, and enter directly into the building at the 3rd Street entrance. 

Safety Procedures of Guests

We follow the most recent PA Department of Health guidelines in order to offer the highest level of protection to everyone that enters our facility.  If you have questions, please email us at info@whitakercenter.org.

Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the facility and can be used as you move through the exhibits.

We always follow PA Department of Health & CDC guidelines to proactively protect our visitors and have taken the following precautionary measures:

  • Advanced cleaning methods and increased frequency and level of cleaning and disinfecting in all areas of the center, including additional wipe downs of all exhibits, handrails, benches, door handles, toys, and other surfaces contacted by the public.  All cleaning protocols throughout the entire facility are CDC-approved and we use hospital-grade disinfectants.
  • Increased supply of hand sanitizer stations throughout the Center.
  • Frequent communication and education on preventing infection spread - both in the Center and through our digital channels.

The PA Department of Health & CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick and seek medical care
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and wash your hands after

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