COVID-19 Guidelines

Please read the following guidelines before your visit to the San Diego Archaeological Center. We thank you for your cooperation in keeping the Center safe and open for all!

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If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have recently been exposed to anyone who has contracted COVID-19, we ask that you do not visit the Center.

  • All guests over 2 years old are required to wear a face mask indoors at the Center.
  • Face shields worn without a mask underneath or masks with exhalation vents/valves are not permitted.
  • Guests are recommended to keep 6 feet of distance between other visitors or staff who are not part of your household.
  • Some portions of hands-on exhibits may be temporarily closed.
  • High-touch surfaces throughout the Center are frequently sanitized for your safety.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the museum gallery.

If you do not feel well, please stay home and reschedule your visit for another day.

If you are unable to visit during your scheduled time, you can reschedule your visit over the phone at 760-291-0370. Please note that refunds are not guaranteed for cancellations within 24 hours of time slot or non-attendance without cancellation.


During your visit, explore the museum through our Cuseum app with free audio tours of our exhibits By Land and By Sea, Archaeology 101, The Life Story of a Pot, and It’s a Crime. Access Cuseum from your own phone or tablet, no download necessary.

Museum at Home

Learn more about archaeology on our Museum at Home portion of our website with recordings of our virtual lecture series, monthly blogs, children’s activities, and more.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for What Is It Wednesday artifact identification games, Find Out Friday fast facts, notifications on new posts for The Wonderful World of… and Dr. Arty Fax’s Archy Facts, archaeological news from around the world, and more!

By purchasing a ticket and/or visiting the San Diego Archaeological Center you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, you agree to hold the Center harmless, and you agree to follow all safety guidelines.

Archaeology Lab Positions

Volunteers will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. Center staff will instruct the volunteer on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloging, storage requirements, and preventative conservation.


Exhibitions Volunteers assist with the design, construction, and installation of Center Museum exhibits.

Volunteers work in the Center’s Research Library, cataloguing materials and organizing on a computer-based system.

Marketing and Administrative Volunteers assist the Development Office or Administration Office with data entry, updating marketing materials and clerical tasks. Computer experience is a plus.

Docents welcome visitors and answer general questions regarding the Center and exhibits. Docents staff the gift shop and help out with administrative and curatorial tasks.

Volunteers support event activities at the Center, such as the Annual BBQ, lectures, workshops, and fundraising events. Be a part of the party!

Volunteer provide support for K-12 programs offered at the Center. These are fun, hands-on programs that kids really enjoy. Teaching experience is a plus, but not required. Background checks are required.

Collections Management

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. During the course of the internship, the intern will learn to identify artifacts and ecofacts common to the San Diego region, including lithics, ceramics, historical objects, and faunal, botanical, and mineral specimens. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and preventative conservation. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials.