New Health and Safety Precautions

Updated 8.25.21

Starting 8.28: In an attempt to protect staff and visitors against the spread of COVID-19 and variants, all attendees to the Norma Kershaw Auditorium will be required to wear masks until further notice, regardless of their vaccination status. Free masks will be available at the entrance to the auditorium for anyone in need. See below for acceptable mask exemptions.

Updated 8.19.21

Vaccinated visitors and staff are no longer required to wear masks while visiting the Bowers Museum. All unvaccinated visitors are required to wear masks. Visitors may now enter through the North and South Entrances. Plexi remains in place between visitors and admissions staff at high traffic areas. Tickets may be purchased onsite or online. Water fountains remain closed and social distancing is encouraged.

All group tours of 15 or more are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Complimentary masks will be provided through the admissions desk for any visitors who might need them.

Exemptions to masks requirements:

In alignment with the OC Health Department, the following individuals are exempt from wearing masks:

  • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Bowers Memberships Extended Due to Closure

Updated 6.11.20

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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