THC Public Health Update

Updated April 3, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) are monitoring the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide.

The Austin offices of the Texas Historical Commission and Friends of the Texas Historical Commission have closed to the public until further notice. Most employees are working from home, and we will ensure that our normal workflow continues.

If you need to contact our staff, call 512-463-6100 or email

All buildings at our 31 State Historic Sites are currently closed until further notice. The grounds and open spaces at many agency sites will remain open for visitors free of charge, and interpretive materials will be available for those visitors. Please check individual sites for specific details about site operations.

The following sites are completely closed as of April 1:

We will reopen and restore programming as soon as we can ensure the safety of our visitors. 


Visitors to THC State Historic Sites can be assured that we are continuing to monitor conditions and maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Our staff has been working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in accordance with CDC guidance.

Following CDC and HHSC guidance, the THC recommends that everyone should take the following routine precautions:

  • Stay home when you are sick in order to avoid exposing others.

  • Stay local and keep visits short.

  • Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members.

  • ALWAYS maintain a safe social distance (minimum of 6 feet or 2 meters), using extra caution in places where people tend to congregate such as parking lots and scenic overlooks.

  • Visitors should wear flu masks or improvised face coverings as an extra precaution against the spread of COVID-19. 

  • All buildings, including restrooms, are closed to the public. Please plan accordingly.

  • Bring any needed water or refreshments, the stores are closed.

  • Please respect closed tape areas. 

  • Bring your own hand-cleaning materials for extra safety. Clean your hands often.

  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Site Closures

Please check with individual sites for specific details about site operations.

Texas History at Home

As families are creating new routines and learning how to educate students from home, we are providing free instructive resources about Texas history, preservation, and heritage tourism.

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