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Unique South Coast Museum Reopens After Being Closed For Over A Year

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An interactive exhibit at the Moxi Museum in Santa Barbara

A unique hands-on South Coast museum has reopened after being closed for more than a year by the pandemic.

MOXI – the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation in Santa Barbara – is not your traditional museum.

It is full of hands-on experiments designed to engage youngsters – and playful adults.

"I'd say MOXI is the farthest thing from boring," says Robin Gose, the CEO and President.

"We have all these different interactive exhibits that focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Or the combination of all of these things.

Gose says she’s relieved and delighted MOXI is finally back open to the public after a 14 month long closure, due to the pandemic.

"It's been hard because the museum thrives when we have people inside," she told KCLU. "2020 was very challenging."

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The stunning roof of the Moxi features several interactive exhibits

The Museum is operating at a reduced capacity, per State guidelines.

Gose says they have enhanced their cleaning protocols, disinfecting highly-touched surfaces and staff and visitors are wearing masks.

Those visiting the museum on its first day of reopening enjoyed the opportunity to plug into their inner child.

"This is great, for kids or adults, I love this," one visitor told KCLU.

"I'm 2 again!" exclaimed another.

And after the difficulties of the last 14 months – maybe we all need a chance to feel like we are 2 again!