40 California museums have reopened or set dates. Here’s the latest list

People look at a mammoth skeleton inside the La Brea Tar Pits Museum in L.A.
Inside the La Brea Tar Pits Museum in L.A., which has reopened after a long COVID-19 closure.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as much of the Bay Area, have moved from the red tier to the orange tier in California’s system for COVID-19 restrictions, allowing newly reopened museums to welcome larger numbers of visitors.

Here’s an updated list of major museums across the state that have reopened, as well as confirmed dates for institutions that are still rehiring workers, putting safety protocols in place and otherwise preparing to reopen after a yearlong closure. Among the additions to the list: the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, the Broad in downtown L.A. and Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.

Note that some counties — notably Santa Barbara — remain in the red tier and have greater restrictions on how many people can be granted museum reservations (and you will need a reservation). Check The Times’ COVID-19 tracker for updates to county classifications, and check back here often to see the latest updates.

Already open

Hammer Museum, Westwood: April 17

Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, San Marino: Select galleries, April 17

Japanese American National Museum, downtown L.A.: April 16 (April 9 for members)

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, L.A.: April 15

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks: April 9

Mullin Automotive Museum, Oxnard: April 9

La Brea Tar Pits Museum, L.A.: April 8

Autry Museum of the American West, L.A.: April 6 (March 30 for members)

Claremont Museum of Art: April 2

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, L.A.: April 1 (March 26 for members)

Long Beach Museum of Art: April 1

Palm Springs Art Museum: April 1

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum: April 1 (March 18 for members)

California African American Museum, L.A.: March 27

California Science Center, L.A.: March 27

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach: March 26

ESMoA, El Segundo: March 26

Petersen Automotive Museum, L.A.: March 25

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, L.A.: Butterfly Pavilion, March 18; rest of the museum April 1

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana: March 17

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco: March 17 (March 15 for for members)

Aquarium of the Pacific, including indoor exhibits, Long Beach: March 16 (March 15 for members)

Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay: March 15

Catalina Island Museum, Santa Catalina Island: March 13

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: March 7 (March 6 for for members)

ICA LA, downtown L.A.: March 6

De Young Museum, San Francisco: March 6 (March 4 for members)

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco: March 4

Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco: March 4

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Reopening date confirmed

The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades: April 21

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto: April 21 (April 16 for Stanford community)


Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena: Outdoor areas only, April 22

The Wende Museum, Culver City: May 1

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: May 2 (April 30 for members and UC Berkeley)

Craft Contemporary, L.A.: May 9 (May 1 for members)

UCR Arts (California Museum of Photography, Barbara & Art Culver Center of the Arts): May 13

Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood: May 15

Monterey Bay Aquarium: May 15 (May 1 for members)

Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach: May 18

The Getty Center, Brentwood: May 25

The Broad, L.A.: May 26

The Tech Interactive, San Jose: May 29

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art: May 29

Museum of Contemporary Art (Grand Avenue and Geffen Contemporary), downtown L.A.: June 3 (May 20 for members)

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