San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, in Redlands reopened to the public on Thursday, March 18, featuring the long-awaited exhibit, “Here Comes the Sun: Solar Science and Spirituality.” The exhibit features dramatic, large-scale footage from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory.
While in the red tier, a 25 percent capacity guideline will be followed, including temporarily modified hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley will reopen to the public on Wednesday, March 24, featuring the exhibit “Military in the Mojave.” The exhibit features artifacts and stories of the role that local residents played during wartime, including USAF Captain Joseph McConnell, and Purple Heart recipient Army Lt. Manuel Rodriguez. While in the red tier, a 25 percent capacity guideline will be followed, including temporarily modified hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The historic John Rains House in Rancho Cucamonga, will reopen to the public on Saturday, March 20. While in the red tier, 1-hour site tours can be scheduled 24 hours in advance, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling (909) 798-8608. No drop-in tours will be offered at this time and small related groups only (no more than 10).
All visitors will be required to follow Centers for Disease Control and California Department of Public Health guidelines, including wearing masks over the mouth and nose during the entire visit, maintaining 6 feet of social distancing and using hand sanitizer located throughout the museum.
One year ago, the museum adhered to state orders, closed to the public and reopened for only two weeks in June. During the closure, the museum staff developed virtual and drive-through programming to continue to engage the local community. Proving popular with families, these programs have included “Old West Days,” “Old Spanish Trail Days,” “Cosmic Nights,” “Science Spooktacular” and “Arthropolooza: The Ultimate Bugfest.”
Museum Director, Melissa Russo said, “During the last year, I’ve watched our County Museum staff adapt expertly, with resilience and creativity, in order to continue to serve the public. We are all thrilled to welcome the public back safely to see our fantastic new exhibits.”
The museum has also developed technology-based interactive exhibits and virtual collections research to supplement the museum’s physical galleries and collections spaces. This digital strategy, SBCM Connect, is currently in beta testing with expected launch by summer 2021.
The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.
For more information, visit sbcounty.gov/museum.