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Reopening Plan

Now that Santa Cruz County is in the Orange Tier, we look forward to welcoming you back to our rejuvenated galleries and to celebrate the return of our annual The Art of Nature exhibit of science illustration.

We’ve made some changes and are committed to ensuring our visitors and staff can enjoy our facility in the safest way possible. Here’s what you can expect during your visit to the Museum:

WEAR A MASK
Visitors and staff are required to wear masks at all times while inside the Museum. Exceptions will only be made for visitors age 2 and under.

LIMITED CAPACITY
Capacity will be limited within the Museum, but reservations may be made in advance of your visit. Learn more about reservations. If the Museum is at capacity when you arrive, we invite you to explore our Garden Learning Center or beloved grey whale statue.

LIMITED HOURS
Hours will be limited to 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday during our first phase of reopening.

SOCIAL DISTANCE
Please respect six-foot distancing between groups of visitors and others. Some exhibits have been reconfigured to allow for unidirectional flow or greater distancing. A plexiglass barrier has been installed at the point of sale for admission and the store.

RESTROOMS
Restrooms will only be made available to visitors inside the building.

CLEANING PROCEDURES
A sanitation station will be available as you enter and exit. Staff will regularly sanitize high touch objects and surfaces throughout the day.

As part of our best practices, we are actively 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.

Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy:

  • 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 and maintain at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your arm when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of tissue after use.
  • Stay home and away from others if you or your family members are feeling ill.

Plan Your Visit

If you have any concerns about safety at the Museum, please contact info@santacruzmuseum.org.