We provide local news updates on The North Bay Report Tuesday-Friday at 6:45, 8:45 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. on KRCB radio 91 and 90.9. Here's our North Bay Report episode for Friday, July 3. Part two of this interview aired on Thursday, July 9. Subscribe to The North Bay Report podcast to listen on the go.
As Sonoma County slowly reopens restaurants, parks, and other venues – the history and art museum in downtown Santa Rosa is finally ready to receive visitors. Members only are invited from July 1 through 3, and the general public will be welcomed starting on July 9. That's if everything goes as planned.
[EDITOR'S NOTE July 14, 2020: The Sonoma County Museum was forced to close its indoor galleries July 13 as Governor Gavin Newsom ordered museums around the state to close. However, the museum is making its outdoor sculpture garden available to the public, with proper social distancing, Thursdays through Sundays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Admission is free.]
Safety for museum visitors will be paramount, according to Executive Director Jeff Nathanson, who provided the following statement:
"The Museum of Sonoma County is committed to public health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic. As a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, we are following best practices for museums reopening to the public. For information about our reopening and our museum’s health and safety measures, please visit our website."
While it was closed, the museum wasn't completely silent, as director Jeff Nathanson told KRCB news director Steve Mencher.
In part two of their discussion, Jeff tells Steve about plans to capture stories from this extraordinary time - guided by the museum's success in documenting the aftermath of the 2017 wildfires in Sonoma County. The latest on reopening can be found here.
(Below: Museum Executive Director and Art Curator Jeff Nathanson gives a virtual tour of the museum's Landscape: Awe to Activism exhibition, which museum visitors enjoyed while the buildings were closed.)