COVID-19 Policies & Procedures
Reopening November 5, 2020

The California Museum is temporarily closed and will reopen to the public with new protocols for hours and admission as detailed below on November 5, 2020.

In keeping with guidance for museums provided by the California Department of Public Health, attendance will be limited to 25% of capacity. Social distancing is required and all visitors over age 2 must wear masks. Entry will be through timed tickets.

Interim Hours, Admission & Holidays:

Thursday & Friday

10 am-3 pm

Saturday & Sunday

12-5 pm  




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


2020-21 Holidays:

New Year’s Day           

January 1, 2020       


Independence Day

July 4, 2020


Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2020


Christmas Day

December 25, 2020   


New Year’s Day

January 1, 20201


To promote a safe environment for everyone, we ask that visitors follow these 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 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 credit or debit card. For questions or assistance, contact
  • Facility rentals are not permitted currently but can be tentatively scheduled for future dates, 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 school year. 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 forward to welcoming you back starting November 5!