SBMM opened its doors on July 29, 2000, with the unique mission to present and interpret the rich and diverse maritime history of the Santa Barbara Channel. Now, SBMM is turning 20 and creatively redefining itself to continue serving the community and its mission during the COVID-19 pandemic and after.
Thanks to our supporters, SBMM has been able to keep staff “onboard,” many working at home, to mount new exhibits and improve our communication with the community. We are proud to announce SBMM at Home, our newest online learning portal, full of projects and activities for all ages, and all of our distinguished lectures from 2013-2020 are available online. You’ll also find engaging brought more new content and entertainment than ever before to the public via our social media channels and our Currents e-newsletter.
We are beginning to hear that there will be more options for all of us to leave our home. The “when” and “how” are still unknown, so we will continue to follow guidelines issued by our State and local Health Officials. Since our temporary closure in March, SBMM staff have been planning for reopening and are determined to make your return a safe and healthy one.
While we do not have a specific timeline for our reopening phases, we can share this preliminary sequence:
Phase I: Museum closed March 13, staff working remotely, preparing health and safety protocols (in progress)
Phase II: Staff, Volunteer, & Board return to SBMM to test and improve protocols (in progress)
Phase III: Open for SBMM Members only with limited days/hours of operation (Thurs – Sun); implemented safety protocols, online lectures, and no events held
Phase IV: Open to the public with limited admissions; upholding safety protocols
Phase V: Lectures and events open at reduced capacity; upholding safety protocols
(All phases are subject to mandated changes from State and Local Health Department Officials.)
We want to present our enhanced safety protocols that will be in place for your return.
Safety in Communal Areas
The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased in all communal areas with an emphasis on frequently touched surfaces.
• Sneeze-Guard shields installed at the Admissions Kiosk, Museum Store, and Outdoor Visitors Center desk
• Face masks/coverings required for all SBMM Staff, Board members, volunteers, and guests (paper mask can be provided)
• Touch-less pay system
• Guided floor map to keep guests six feet apart on a one-way tour through the Museum
• Floor monitors to wipe down exhibits and communal areas daily with Museum deep clean scheduled weekly
• Reconfiguration of the children’s exhibits to increase learning and reduce ’sit down’ interaction through treasure hunt; take home projects provided, i.e. coloring book and crayons, sailor and pirate hats
(single use kids activities)
Hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfectant wipes will be placed at guest and employee entrances and high contact areas.
Air Filtration System
In addition to the measures outlined above, we have upgraded our industrial HVAC system.
All SBMM Staff, Board members, and volunteers will be trained on COVID-19 safety protocols.
These measures are just some of the changes we are implementing to ensure your comfort and safety while you are at SBMM. Please check back for more updates on our protocols. To submit a question, please do so via our Contact Us form.