COVID-19 Policies & Procedures
Updated Oct. 20, 2021

The California Museum is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm with new visitor protocols during COVID-19.
  • Attendance is limited to 50% capacity.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Entry is through timed tickets.
  • Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all staff, volunteers and visitors age 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status. Visit our statement for more information.
Interim Hours:

Thursday – Sunday                            

10 am -5  pm

Monday – Wednesday                             



Adults (18+)


Students & Seniors (65+) w/ID


Youth (6-17)


Children (5 & under)


Museum, NARM & Time Traveler member


2021-22 Holidays:

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, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 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.
  • We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. All visitors, including children, must have their own tickets.
  • Onsite Tours are now available starting Sept. 7, 2021. Visit Field Trips, Group Visits and Onsite Tour Protocols pages for details and changes.
  • Group Tours are available starting Sept. 7, 2021, and scheduled during public hours, limited to a maximum of 40 visitors at a time. See page link for more information.
  • Online field trips are now booking, see page link for details. 
  • Maintain social distance. Stay six feet away from others not in your household.
  • Follow designated routes marked by 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 are allowed inside the facility. Tables and chairs are available for visitors to consume food or drinks outside in Constitution Wall Courtyard.
Additional Information:
  • Contactless general admission 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.
  • 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
  • New volunteer applications are not being accepted and will be available as soon as it’s safe to schedule group training onsite. For questions or assistance, contact the volunteer department at

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

*K-12 field trips available Monday-Wednesday by appointment. For assistance or to place a reservation, contact the education department at (916) 654-1729 or