Woodside Store

When is the Woodside Store open?

  • Starting March 25, the Woodside Store is open Tuesday and 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.

Are there limitations on the number of people who can visit the Woodside Store?

  • 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 Woodside Store, 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 Woodside Store?

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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?

  • The restroom is closed.

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 (including candy) at the Woodside Store.

What is the status of events?

  • Old Woodside Store Day has been cancelled for 2020.
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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.