Sanchez Adobe

When is the Sanchez Adobe open?

  • Starting March 24, the Sanchez Adobe is open Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Note: these are reduced hours to allow for extra cleaning time.
  • There might be occasional closures of the house on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. to allow the site manager to conduct a virtual school program.

Are there limitations on the number of people who can visit the Sanchez Adobe?

  • A maximum of 5 people or 1 family group can visit the site at a time.
  • If the maximum number of visitors are inside the Sanchez Adobe, guests are requested to wait outside until some people exit the building.

Do I have to wear a mask?

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  • 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.

How can I maintain social distance at the Sanchez Adobe?

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  • Site visitors are required to maintain a minimum 6-foot distance from those not in their social group.
  • Visitor capacity is limited to assist with social distancing.
  • Due to the size of some of the rooms, only one family group at a time is allowed in smaller rooms.
  • Help maintain social distance by waiting for others to pass through doorways.

Are there other requirements due to COVID-19?

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  • 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.

Are there any changes to the site?

  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning at the site.
  • Many of the hands-on interactives that are difficult to clean have been removed or are roped off.
  • Visitors are requested not to touch the artifacts or reproductions on display.
  • Chairs and benches have been put away or cordoned off.

Are the restrooms open?

  • Restrooms are open.
  • Restrooms are scheduled to be cleaned daily. High-touch areas (such as door handles) are cleaned every 2 hours.

Are food and drink allowed?

  • Food and drink are not allowed inside the historic site.
  • Due to COVID-19, the water fountain on the grounds is not available.

Is merchandise available for sale?

  • At this time, we are not selling merchandise at the Sanchez Adobe.

What is the status of events?

  • The Rancho Day Fiesta and the Quilt Show have both been cancelled for 2020.
A variety of quilts on display at the Sanchez Adobe Quilt Show


We appreciate you taking precautions while visiting this historic site 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.