Health and Safety in the Columbia Command Module

By participating in the Columbia Command Module (VR experience), you agree that you have read and understood the following information.

General risk warning

The VR experience is not recommended for children aged under the age of 13.

The manufacturer of the equipment used to deliver the VR experience advises that:

  • You should not use the headset if you are tired, need sleep, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, hung-over, experiencing or have digestive problems, under emotional stress or anxiety, or suffering from cold, flue, headaches, migraines or earaches, as this can increase your susceptibility to adverse effects.
  • You should consult with your doctor before using the headset if you are pregnant, elderly, have pre-existing binocular vision abnormalities or psychiatric disorders, or suffer from a heart condition or other serious medical condition.
  • Some people (about 1 in 4000) may have severe dizziness, seizures, epileptic seizures or blackouts triggered by light flashes or patterns and that this may occur while experiencing virtual reality. Anyone who experiences any of these symptoms should discontinue use of the headset and see a doctor.
  • The headset and controller may contain magnets or components that can emit radio waves which could affect the operation of nearby electronics including cardiac pacemakers, hearing aids and defibrillators. If you have one of these devices, do not use the equipment without first consulting your doctor or the manufacturer of your medical device.
  • Just as with the symptoms people can experience after they disembark a cruise ship, symptoms of virtual reality exposure can persist and become more apparent hours after use. These post-use symptoms can include the symptoms above, as well as excessive drowsiness and decreased ability to multi-task. These symptoms may put you at an increased risk of injury when engaging in normal activities in the real world.
  • You should immediately discontinue use if you experience any of the following symptoms or effects: seizures; loss of awareness; eye strain; eye or muscle twitching; involuntary movements; altered, blurred, or double vision or other visual abnormalities; dizziness; disorientation; impaired balance; impaired hand-eye coordination; excessive sweating; increased salivation; nausea; light-headedness; discomfort or pain in the head or eyes; drowsiness; fatigue; or any symptoms similar to motion sickness.

Further health and safety information is available in the user manual on the Oculus website:
Oculus Health and Safety Warnings.


Risk waiver

Participation in the VR experience involves a certain level of inherent risk. By participating in the VR experience, you agree to assume this risk on behalf of yourself or a child of whom you are the parent or guardian. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences excludes all liability for loss, damage or injury of any kind (including caused by negligence) that you may suffer as a result of participating in the VR experience and you agree to release the Museum from any such liability.