COVID-19 Safety

Update: March 16, 2020
The Museum will be closed until April 7. After this point we will reassess based on local, state, and national guidelines.

Here at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, we put our visitors first, ensuring your comfort and safety throughout your visit so you can focus on enjoying and exploring the Museum.  With recent news revolving around the Coronavirus, we are taking special precautions and ramping up our already robust cleaning and sanitation procedures. We’re increasing the frequency in which we clean and sanitize our exhibits and facilities in addition to maintaining our professional nightly cleaning schedule.

The situation is evolving and new cases are discovered daily which can heighten concerns. As part of our best practices, we are monitoring directions from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health as well as local guidance from Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency.

Check out our FAQs – The Museum and COVID-19 below to learn more about how the Museum is working to prevent the contraction and spread of the virus, and things you can do to protect yourself and members of your family.

Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy From the Coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The World Health Organization suggests maintaining at least 3 feet of space between yourself and an ill person, or someone who is coughing and sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your arm when sneezing or coughing (also known as the vampire cough). Dispose of tissue after use.
  • Stay home and away from others if you or your family members are feeling ill.

FAQs – The Museum and COVID-19

What precautions are The Museum taking to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The museum will stay apprised of the CDC’s evolving recommendations for avoidance and containment of COVID-19. We do not have reason to expect that there will be any disruption to our daily operations. At this time, we can keep staff, volunteers, and visitors safe by following all prevention recommendations below for maintaining a clean & healthy environment.

The cleaning procedures in place at the Museum follow strict internal guidelines as well as the safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control.

The museum implements a higher cleaning standard than most public places on a daily basis.

  • Hand sanitizer is available at multiple locations throughout the museum.
  • Staff clean public restrooms hourly, sanitize “high-touch” surfaces before opening and again mid-day, and empty garbage throughout the day.
  • Janitorial staff vacuum and clean floors, sinks and restrooms and empty garbage nightly in all museum spaces. 


Our event calendar will stay up to date as events are postponed or canceled. Check back before your event, email, or call (831) 420-6115 to confirm.

Should I still visit The Museum? What are the risks to my child?

In accordance with local and state guidelines, we are closing until April 7.

For more information about risks please refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health websites.

Have any of your staff showed signs of being sick?

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History has had zero reports of staff members who could have been exposed to the Coronavirus. We have sent a memo to all staff reminding them to stay home if they feel ill in any way and reminding them they will not be penalized for doing so.

What if a visitor to the museum has been sick? Have any recent visitors been exposed to Coronavirus?

We have not been notified by the CDC or any other public health organization that an exposed person has visited the Museum. As with any public space, we cannot know the medical history of every visitor, but we are taking every precaution to strengthen our cleaning procedures and reduce the risk of spreading germs.