Here’s a look at how major venues are adapting to COVID-19, to help you keep up with various guidelines as you’re out there seeing exhibits and live performances. Check the specifics before you head out to local museums, galleries, and performing arts venues, because policies can change.
Masks at MuseumsEvery major museum either encourages or requires patrons to wear masks.
Masks are required at The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts. Masks are required for non-vaccinated patrons at ASU Art Museum and Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, which also strongly recommends masks for vaccinated patrons. Children's Museum of Phoenix requires masks for all patrons ages 2 and up. Masks are strongly encouraged at Chandler Museum, Heard Museum, and Phoenix Art Museum.
Masks are encouraged or requested at the i.d.e.a. Museum and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum requests that non-vaccinated patrons wear masks. Masks are optional at the Musical Instrument Museum.
Masks at Theater VenuesEvery major theater venue either encourages or requires patrons to wear masks.
Masks are required by ASU Gammage, Black Theatre Troupe, Fountain Hills Theater, Herberger Theater Center, Madison Center for the Arts, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Peoria Center for the Arts, Stray Cat Theatre, and Tempe Center for the Arts. (Patrons at Fountain Hills Theater who show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of an event do not need to wear masks.)
Masks are strongly encouraged by Arizona Broadway Theatre, Chandler Center for the Arts, Phoenix Theatre, and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Masks are encouraged or recommended at Mesa Arts Center, the Orpheum Theatre, and Symphony Hall.
Vaccinations for Museum VisitsMesa Contemporary Arts Museum encourages patrons to get vaccinated. No museums currently require that patrons be vaccinated, and many don’t address this issue in their guidelines for visitors.
Vaccinations for Theater VisitsArizona Theatre Company (which performs at Herberger Theater Center) and the MIM Music Theater require that patrons show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours of the performance they are attending.
The Orpheum Theatre and Symphony Hall do not require vaccinations but allow event producers to do so.
Mesa Arts Center encourages patrons to be vaccinated. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts recommends that patrons be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending a performance. Several venues do not address vaccinations in their guidelines for patrons.
Additional Measures at MuseumsPhoenix Art Museum requires that patrons practice social distancing in indoor spaces. ASU Art Museum and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art recommend social distancing, but do not require it. Some museums require timed-ticket entry.
Additional Measures at Theater Venues
Phoenix Theatre requires temperature checks for patrons before they are seated at a performance. ASU Gammage requests that patrons social distance as much as possible.
Helpful Links:ASU Art Museum
Children's Museum of Phoenix
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix Art Museum
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
The Gallery at TCA
The i.d.e.a. Museum
Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
Arizona Broadway Theatre
Arizona Theatre Company
Black Theater Troupe
Chandler Center for the Arts
Fountain Hills Theater
Herberger Theater Center
Madison Center for the Arts
Mesa Arts Center
MIM Music Theater
Phoenix Center for the Arts
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Stray Cat Theatre
Tempe Center for the Arts