COVID-19 Information & Updates

At the MAH we're planning for a phase re-opening based on California and Santa Cruz County Tier Guidelines. Learn more about our plan and how you can be the first visit once we swing open our doors.

The safety and health of our staff, members, guests, and community at large has always been a priority for the MAH.

We have been carefully planning and preparing for a phased re-opening, beginning with limited activations in some of our outdoor sites, like Abbott Square and Evergreen Cemetery.

When appropriate, interior spaces of the museum will open incrementally, adhering to local, state, and federal guidelines for social distancing and crowd-size limitations. The MAH will continue to evaluate and assess the situation, working closely with regional and state partners, in the hopes of being able to ramp up activities in 2021.

In the meantime, the MAH will continue to offer content through its various digital platforms, moving beyond its physical space to become a museum without walls.

MAH reopening plan 2

We're planning to re-open based on California and Santa Cruz County Tier Guidelines all the while continuing to offer content through our website and social media.

Help Keep Our Community Clean & Safe

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a mask over your mouth and nose while around others and/or inside.
  • Maintaining social distance (at least an arm’s length or 3-6 ft. between yourself and others).
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill or have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your face. (Especially your eyes, nose and mouth.)
  • Cough into your elbow or cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard the tissue.
  • Get creative with your greetings. Try a elbow tap or toe-bump instead of a hand shake or hug.

Support the MAH

Enjoy free admission and early access to the museum, plus support a resilient MAH while you're at it.

A Note From Our Executive Director

Read the Full Update (August 6th)

Dear MAH supporters:

With so much uncertainty due to the pandemic, you may be wondering what the MAH has been up to, and what is on the horizon for our organization. Lately, people have also been asking the museum industry how we will address issues of systematic racism, longstanding labor inequity, and looming financial shortfalls. We hope this letter will answer some of those questions.

We at the MAH have spent the past six months getting our house in order, both literally and figuratively. Just as you have been tackling your own projects during shelter-in-place, we have been busy organizing, prioritizing, and “finding our space” within this season of change. We have used the opportunity to review our work, strengthen our values, plan for the future, and get creative with programming by offering virtual, educational, and small group experiences beyond the museum walls.

Together with our board and staff, we have taken inventory and contemplated what we need to run our organization efficiently and sustainably in a way that best serves you, our community, in these changed times. And we continue to look forward, evolving our offerings as we go so that we can, in turn, help you find your space.

Stay Connected

Resources & Information

  • The Santa Cruz County Public Health website has advisories, FAQs, and important local updates.
  • For national updates from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) visit their website.
  • Learn about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), prevention, and how it spreads on the CDC website.
  • If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed an anonymous crisis line is available 24 hours, 7 days a week including holidays at 1-800-704-0900 (Mental Health Services) and/or SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline 24 hours at 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746 (Press 2 for Spanish).

To our artists, partners, and donors please note and feel at ease that the MAH is being closely monitored in regards to security and temperature. Your work and historical objects are safe and secured. Please reach out to your staff contact or email us at if you have any questions.

Support the MAH

If you're able, please consider making a gift or becoming a member to ensure a sustainable and resilient MAH. Your contribution directly supports connecting our community through these uncertain times.