COVID-19 Policies & Procedures
Effective May 8, 2021

The California Museum is open to the public with new hours and visitor protocols during COVID-19 as of May 8, 2021.

In keeping with guidance for indoor museums from the California Department of Public Health:

  • Attendance is limited to 50% capacity.
  • Social distancing required.
  • Entry is through timed tickets.
  • Masks required for all visitors over age 2.

Effective June 15, 2021, masks will continue to be required until further notice, regardless of vaccination status. Visit our mask policy extension statement for more information.

Interim Summer Hours:

Thursday – Sunday                            

10 am -5  pm

Monday – Wednesday                             



Advance Ages 6 & up 

$7 + fee                        

Advance Children (5 & under) 


Walk-up Adults (18+)


Walk-up Students & Seniors (65+) w/ID


Walk-up Youth (6-17)


Walk-up Children (5 & under)


Museum, NARM & Time Traveler member


2021-22 Holidays:

Independence Day

July 4, 2021


Thanksgiving Day     

November 25, 2021   


Christmas Day

December 25, 2021   


New Year’s Day

January 1, 2022


To promote a safe environment for all, we ask visitors to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Please do not visit if you aren’t feeling well or have been exposed to someone who is ill.
  • Advance tickets may be purchased and exchanged online at no charge until 1 hour before the scheduled time. For details or to purchase, visit Tickets section on the Hours, Admission & Tickets page.
  • Face masks covering nose and mouth are required for all visitors over the age of 2, following guidance outlined by the California Department of Public Health.
  • We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. All visitors, including children, must have their own tickets.
  • No group visits allowed at this time.
  • Maintain social distance. Stay six feet away from others not in your household.
  • Follow designated routes marked by signage and floor graphics.
  • Keep moving through the galleries and avoid lingering in one area.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently. Dispensers are located throughout the galleries.
  • Download a visitor guide to conduct a self-guided tour.
  • No food or drinks allowed inside the facility. Tables and chairs are available for visitors to consume food or drinks outside in Constitution Wall Courtyard.
Additional Information:
  • Contactless check-in for those with pre-purchased tickets is available at the Museum entrance. Please arrive within 15 minutes of your scheduled time and have your ticket ready to show on arrival.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures have been instituted, including a daily deep-clean and regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.
  • Water fountains are closed for your safety.
  • Some interactive displays and small spaces where social distancing is not possible are closed.
Changes to Other Operations:
  • Museum Store is open during the Museum’s interim hours at a limited capacity using social distancing protocols, with acrylic shields and contactless credit card readers. Guests are strongly encouraged to pay for all purchases with a credit or debit card. For questions or assistance, contact
  • Facility rentals can be tentatively scheduled, subject to cancellation based on the public health guidelines in place at that time. For assistance, contact
  • Online field trip tours are available for the 2020-2021 and 2021-22 school years. For more information, visit the program page. For questions or assistance, contact the education department at

For questions on operations not listed above, contact us at Thank you for your patience, and we look seeing here you soon!