Visit Safely

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Welcome Back

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum!  Below are a few tips and rules to ensure your safe visit.

  • Please kindly do not visit if you are ill or have been ill in the past two weeks.
  • Wear a mask.  If you do not have a mask, we are happy to provide one for you.
  • Follow the signs.  We have increased signage, throughout our campus.
  • Keep a distance of six feet from people not in your household.

Note that we are unable to offer tours at this time, but we do encourage you to ask questions and engage with our staff when you visit.

Our Goals

In planning to reopen we want to share our primary goals during this unusual time in our history:

  • Keeping the Museum clean and sanitized
  • Keeping staff, volunteers and visitors healthy
  • Giving our visitors a sense of security
  • Managing change with our core values of connection and welcome
  • Adjusting programs and events
  • Adjusting for financial impacts

Our Initiatives

  • Conduct a survey asking our supporters and friends what they need in place to feel safe (May, 2020)
  • Conduct a safety review of all museum spaces and recommend and plan action items such as: hand sanitizer stations, visitor routing and pathways for social distance, and required/recommended signage to promote health.
  • Review and follow guidelines provided by the SB County Health, in conjunction with addition precautions recommended by the American Alliance of Museums.
  • Create a COVID plan for SBHM and communicate frequently with our staff, our stakeholders and the public.

Major Changes & Projects

Below is a list of major modifications we've tackled to provide a safer environment for our visitors.

  • Addition of hot water in lower courtyard restrooms
  • Installation of plexiglass barriers for front line staff in the Museum and Gledhill Library
  • Addition of Touchless pay at our Museum Store
  • Addition of hand sanitizer stations throughout the property
  • Installation of custom signage promoting social distancing and hygeine
  • Movement of furniture and artifacts to widen walkways in exhibition areas
  • Installation of Project Fiesta exhibit outdoors July-September, 2020


Despite our stringent cleaning and sanitizing protocols, we cannot control all circumstances. By entering our property, you acknowledge that you assume any risks associated with your visit.