The Skirball Cultural Center is currently open to Skirball Members for Noah’s Outdoor Explorers. On May 15, the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace will open to the general public, with Member Preview Days taking place May 1­–­14.

Both Noah’s Outdoor Explorers and Ai Weiwei: Trace are fully masked, physically distanced, self-guided experiences with limited visitor capacity in support of efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. As you make plans to take part in these offerings, be sure to read the following guidelines and protocols carefully.

Ticketing Guidelines

Safety Protocols


Ticketing Guidelines

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RESERVE IN ADVANCE—Advance timed-entry reservations are required of all visitors except for children under 2 (toddler tickets will be distributed at visitor check-in when you claim your timed-entry tickets). No walk-ups will be accommodated.

  • Visitor capacity is limited to meet guidelines set forth by public-health officials.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 and up; minimum adult/child ratio is ¼.
  • Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Membership does not guarantee availability of timed-entry reservations.

PLAN TO ARRIVE ON TIME—The assigned entry and exit times of your Noah’s Outdoor Explorers or Ai Weiwei: Trace reservation must be observed so that we can monitor visitor capacity.

EXPECT A NEW, CAREFULLY CURATED EXPERIENCE—The Skirball has carefully designated select outdoor locations for Noah’s Outdoor Explorers and particular routes to visit Ai Weiwei: Trace, so be prepared to experience our campus in a new way!

  • Reservations do not include admission to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™, other Skirball Museum galleries, Archaeology Dig, or Family Art Studio, which remain closed.

COME RAIN OR SHINE—In inclement weather (including rain and excessive heat), some Noah’s Outdoor Explorers activities, including story time, will be cancelled. Visitors with Noah’s Outdoor Explorers reservations are still welcome to explore the campus or reschedule for another day.


Safety Protocols

The well-being of the community is our top priority. To help reduce risk, the Skirball has implemented a number of measures in accordance with state and local public-health guidelines. Help us limit the risk! Please read this page completely and adhere to the safety protocols below.

Before you arrive:

CHECK YOUR EMAIL AND OUR WEBSITE—Prior to heading to the Skirball on the day of your reservation, check your email for any last-minute instructions. We also recommend you check back here (at skirball.org) in case of a campus-wide notice.

STAY HOME IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK, HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELED, OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19—If you or anyone in your party or household is experiencing fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, or other signs of illness, please stay home, take care, and reschedule your reservation, subject to availability. Similarly, if you or anyone in your party or household has traveled out of state within the last 10 days or been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please do not visit the Skirball. Instead stay home, take care, and reschedule your reservation, subject to availability. 

BE PREPARED TO FOLLOW ALL SAFETY PROTOCOLS—If you are unwilling or unable to follow these protocols, kindly postpone your visit to the Skirball until public-health officials deem them unnecessary. For the health and safety of all, any visitors acting in an unsafe manner or not adhering to the protocols will be asked to leave the campus.

During your visit:

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COMPLETE A TEMPERATURE CHECK AND SAFETY SCREENING UPON ARRIVAL—All visitors must complete a contactless temperature scan and safety screening in order to check in. Anyone who presents with a temperature of 100.4 ºF or higher and/or does not pass the screening will not be permitted entry.

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WEAR A FACE COVERING OVER NOSE AND MOUTH—All visitors ages 2 and up must wear a face covering over nose and mouth at all times while on the Skirball campus. Skirball employees are also required to wear a mask on site.

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MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING OF AT LEAST SIX FEET—Please maintain at least six feet of distance from others not in your party at all times while on the Skirball campus. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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WASH OR SANITIZE YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY—Restrooms and hand sanitizer will be available during your visit.

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FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AND USE DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY—The Skirball has carefully designated select campus spaces for use.

  • Visitors should park in the Skirball’s North Parking garage. ADA spaces are subject to availability. Visitors with ADA parking placards may also park in the South Parking garage. 
  • All Noah’s Outdoor Explorers activities will take place outdoors. Be sure to follow directions posted on signs or given by Skirball team members.
  • Elevators and restrooms will be available for your use. Please honor occupancy limits and follow any other directions posted on signs or given by Skirball team members.
  • Grab-and-go meals and snacks will be available for purchase at Judy's Counter starting May 15. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drink to enjoy in designated outdoor areas; physically distanced seating is subject to availability. For the health and safety of all, kindly leave these areas once you are finished eating.
  • Remember: Noah’s Ark and all other Skirball Museum galleries—as well as Audrey’s Museum Store, Zeidler’s Café (including cart service), Archaeology Dig, and Family Art Studio—remain closed. Check back here for the most up-to-date information about on-site food service.

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HEAD HOME IF YOU BEGIN TO FEEL SICK—If you or anyone in your party begins to experience fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, or other signs of illness, kindly leave the Skirball campus and reschedule your reservation, subject to availability.

Questions? Please call (310) 440-4500 and press 2. Leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

What else we’re doing to help keep everyone safe:

UPGRADED AIR FILTRATION—Doors and windows will be opened where possible for higher cross-ventilation. The MERV rating of air filters has been increased and HVAC systems have been upgraded to allow for greater outside air intake and more frequent air cycle exchanges per hour per space.

ENHANCED CLEANING PROTOCOLS—The facilities are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day using hospital-grade, environmentally safe cleaners. A clear antimicrobial film has been applied to door handles, push plates, and other high-touch surfaces.

HAND SANITIZER STATIONS—Hand sanitizer is available at dispensers across the campus.

WATER FOUNTAINS TEMPORARILY CLOSED—Water fountains have been turned off to protect public health. Bottled water is available for purchase at Judy’s Counter or in vending machines downstairs from the Main Entrance.