Howard Steamboat Museum reopening on the 16th of June 2020

The Howard Steamboat Museum announces its reopening starting on the 16th of June at 10:00 am. The mansion will reopen to the public and return to normal operating hours.

Curator Travis Vasconcelos writes: “We are ready to share with you an experience that includes the legacy of the Howard family, the story of the American River Steamboat, and the amazing architecture of their lovingly restored and preserved mansion.”

He continues: “While we were closed, we made some big improvements.  Our gift shop was totally renovated, and we added new cabinetry along with some new items.  Our pilothouse replica has had a renovation as well.  New doors were added, a working whistle, and even more will be added to this exhibit soon!

There will be some new ways to do business as we navigate the waters of the COVID-19 virus.  Please bear with us as we are doing our best to provide the safest possible experience we will require that our staff wear masks at all times.  The staff will have their temperature taken before every shift and not allowed to work if they have (or have had in the last 24-hours) a temperature over 100.4 degrees.  We will maintain a 6’-foot safe social distance from our guests and ask that they do the same.

In the interest of safety, we will require that our guests wear and provide their own mask to enter the mansion.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer guided tours of the mansion at this time.   The experience will be conducted in a safe and fun way.  You will be greeted, given an oral background on the museum and provided with a self-guided our book (that is yours to keep!). You will be free to wander the mansion and enjoy the information we have provided to interpret the exhibits at your leisure. Our docents and tour guides will be available to answer your questions at the end of your experience.”


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