New Health and Safety Precautions

Updated 3/27

The Bowers Museum is now open at 50% capacity in accordance with Orange County's recent tier change. Advanced ticket purchase is still strongly advised.

Updated 3/16

The Bowers Museum is excited to announce its grand reopening on Wednesday, March 17.

In accordance with the guidelines, the Bowers will reopen the galleries at 25% reduced capacity, and continue to hold select outdoor micro events, including outdoor public programs and rentals, in addition to a robust calendar of virtual programs.

Please note the following health and safety precautions that must be adhered to during any onsite experience:


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 outdoor property. Floor decals will act as reminders 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, the Gallery Store, Tangata Restaurant and onsite events.
  • Suspension of handouts
  • Removal of high touch and interactive gallery elements

Note: 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!

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

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

Learn More!

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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