- Starting October 20, the History Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
History Museum COVID-19 FAQs
- Staff and visitors are to wear a mask (prohibited for ages 0-2).
- Face masks should cover the nose and mouth.
- Per county health orders, masks that have one-way valves do not meet standards.
- Museum visitors are required to maintain a minimum 6-foot distance from those not in their social group.
- Museum visitor capacity is limited to assist with social distancing.
- Museum staff has established a recommended path of travel through the exhibits.
- Help maintain social distance by waiting for others to pass through doorways.
- Only one family group at a time can use the elevator.
- Wash hands frequently. Hand sanitizer is available in several locations in the History Museum.
- Sneeze and cough into a cloth or tissue if available, if not available use your elbow.
- Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
- We have increased the frequency of cleaning in the exhibits.
- There are recommended paths of travel through the exhibits. Maverick’s, our smallest exhibit space, is restricted to one family group at a time.
- Many of the hands-on interactives that are difficult to clean have been removed or are roped off.
- Visitors are encouraged to use a stylus (available for purchase) on the touch buttons and touch screens.
- Restrooms are open.
- Restrooms are scheduled to be cleaned every 2 hours.
- Food and drink are not allowed inside the museum.
- Due to COVID-19, the water fountains inside the building are not available.
- The Museum Store is open during regular museum hours.
- At this time, we are only accepting payments by credit card.
- Encore Books is closed.
- The bookstore is operated by volunteers. As many of them are considered high-risk for COVID-19, the store does not currently have a scheduled reopening date.
We appreciate you taking precautions while visiting this museum to protect other visitors and staff. While the San Mateo County Historical Association has observed the necessary protocols and procedures, we recognize that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. You will be visiting at your own risk and should use your judgment as to whether you are comfortable being in a public space.