New Health and Safety Precautions

Updated 10.2.2020

Please note the following update to our face covering requirements: per the CDC’s recommendation, face shields must 1) wrap around the sides of the face and 2) extend below the chin 3) cover both the nose and mouth. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Updated 9.12.2020

The Bowers Museum is thrilled to once again open our doors to the public. While we're excited to welcome back our community, their safety and that of our staff will remain our priority. Accordingly, the Bowers Museum Reopening Taskforce has developed the following greatly enhanced health and safety precautions for both our staff and our visitors in accordance with California State Guidelines:


Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required for all staff and visitors.


Social Distancing

6 feet social distancing will be maintained throughout the building and indicated by floor decals in high traffic and transaction areas.


Hand Sanitizing

Additional hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout the building.


Increased Cleaning

Increased cleaning in frequency and scope throughout the building, with special attention paid to “high touch” areas.


Helpful Signs

Additional signs reminding of health policies and best practices will be stationed throughout the building.


Closed Drinking Fountains

Drinking fountains will be closed to decrease risk of infection.


Temperature checks

Temperature checks will be taken for both staff and visitors upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or above will not be permitted onsite and are advised to immediately seek medical attention.

In addition to these safety measures, additional precautions include:

  • Daily temperature testing for all staff and visitors as they enter the building
  • Suspension of wheelchair rentals
  • Removal of benches to avoid congregating
  • Plexi coverings at all transaction areas
  • Capacity limits for the building, our featured exhibition, and the Gallery Store
  • Timed ticketing to enforce crowd control
  • Suspension of handouts
  • Removal of high touch and interactive gallery elements

Note: All visitors will be asked to enter through a single entrance located off Main Street to maintain traffic control and a reduced capacity.

Disney Exhibition + General Admission   General Admission ONLY

Bowers Museum will temporarily close beginning Thursday, July 2

Updated 7.1.20

In light of the most recently announced state safety guidelines, the Bowers Museum will temporarily close until local and state authorities deem it safe to reopen. Though we had hoped to keep our doors open longer, the safety and well being of our visitors and staff remains our top priority, as it has throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The Bowers Museum will forge ahead with the robust calendar of virtual offerings already set in place and will remain poised to reopen just as soon as it is once again deemed safe.

Rest assured, as we have come to understand this health crisis is a marathon, not a sprint, our Reopening Task Force has planned for the possibility of closure and we are prepared. Likewise, we are ready and eager to reopen our doors the moment these safety restrictions are lifted.

Please note: Inside the Walt Disney Archives has been extended to October 18 and the Museum will honor all existing tickets that were purchased for use during our closure for future use as soon as we reopen. Alternatively, please email if you would like to request a refund or email if you would like to donate your tickets.

Peter C. Keller, Ph.D
Bowers Museum President and CEO

Bowers Memberships Extended Due to Closure

Updated 06.11.2020

The Bowers Museum greatly values our Members, whose generosity has made so many thrilling world-class exhibitions and programs possible through the years.

Honoring our friendship, the Museum is happy to announce all current memberships will be extended equal to the length of our closure. This change will be automatically applied, no additional steps necessary. This also applies to all new memberships purchased during the closure.

Thank you for your continued support. In these trying times, the entire Bowers family is coming together in new ways that we know will inspire deeper connections in our community for years to come.

For those interested in becoming a member today, or in offering additional support to the Bowers during the closure, your overwhelming generosity is much appreciated. Please use the link below to join now or contact our team working from home at

Wishing everyone good health and continued safety,

The Bowers Family

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Bowers Offers Digital Exhibition Access, Virtual Learning, and Community Resources

In response to a growing need for online engagement and resources, the Bowers is excited to expand its connection to our community and follow us on social media @bowersmuseum for the latest!


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