After a brief closure on March 9, the Napa Valley Museum Yountville, located on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, is now open to the public on its regular schedule of Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A non-profit arts and educational institution unaffiliated with the Veterans Administration, the museum has leased its Yountville property from the state since 1988. It was closed on March 9 and the staff evacuated when an armed man took hostages in another area of the Veterans Home housing the Pathway Home services.
The museum reopened on Saturday, March 10 with its monthly Family Fun activity. A dozen families and many visitors, several from out of state, attended the free event or toured exhibits, said director Laura Rafaty.
“The staff and trustees of the Napa Valley Museum Yountville are shocked and saddened by the tragic events occurring at Pathway Home, and by the loss to our community of three generous and compassionate neighbors," Rafaty said.
"The Veterans Home property is a lovely, quiet place of peace and harmony, containing a close-knit community of which we are privileged to be a part. Our neighboring veterans volunteer at the Museum and attend our exhibits and events. They brighten our days with their warmth and resilience, and we hope to be a source of comfort to them, and to the Yountville and Napa Valley communities, in the days ahead.”