Thank you for visiting the Hastings Museum website and reviewing our privacy policy.

Hastings Museum does not collect personal information about visitors to our website unless you choose to provide that information to us. The Hastings Museum will use that information to get you the information you have requested.

This privacy policy applies to the online activities of the Hastings Museum.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you visit our website, we automatically gather and store information about your visit. We do this so that we can track the use of our website in order to make improvements. This information is stored and used in the aggregate only. It is not used to contact you personally:

  • The IP address from which you access our website
  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account)
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our website
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages, files, documents and links that you visit
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked to this website


In addition to information collected automatically, we use cookies, which are small pieces of information sent to your browser by a website that you visit. The cookies do not collect personally identifiable information. Cookies are used to track usage patterns, traffic trends and customer behavior, as well as to record other information from the website. Hastings Museum websites use a third-party vendor, Google Analytics, to place cookies and analyze the information collected by cookies. Information we collect from cookies will not be used to create profiles of individual users and only will be used in aggregate form.

You may set your browser to refuse cookies from any website that you visit. If you so choose, you may still gain access to most of the Hastings Museum’s website. You also may opt out of Google Analytics using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

If You Send Us Personal Information

The Hastings Museum’s website will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide. For example: sending emails, completing membership forms, registering for classes, events, or other programs, responding to surveys or ordering merchandise. If you provide us with personal information, we will normally respond to your inquiry, request or order. We may also contact you to provide information about Hastings Museum activities, programs, memberships, development opportunities, products and special events. We will never share your name or information outside the Hastings Museum unless you affirmatively authorize us to do so by opting-in.

When we send you such information by email, you will always have an immediate opportunity to decline further communication. Please use the contact specified in the email so that we can remove you from the list that contains your name. If you are uncertain about whom to contact, you may contact us at museum@hastingsmuseum.org.

The Hastings Museum uses outside vendors to provide certain services on our behalf. Such companies may conduct customer satisfaction surveys on our behalf or process credit card transactions for the Hastings Museum. These third-party vendors will have access to the information needed to perform their functions, but may not use your information for any other purpose. Some Hastings Museum units on occasion, rent or exchange select member name and address information with other well- established charitable, or cultural non-profit organizations. You will be notified of any such sharing and you will be provided an opportunity to opt-out of any such sharing.

Please note that the Hastings Museum may also provide your information to: (1) a Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency if the Hastings Museum becomes aware of a violation or potential violation of law or regulation; (2) a court or party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if the Hastings Museum is a party or in order to comply with a subpoena; (3) a member of the public in response to his or her request for Hastings Museum records under Hastings Museum Directive 807, available at www.si.edu/ogc; (4) the Department of Justice or in certain legal proceedings when the Hastings Museum, an employee of the Hastings Museum, or the United States is a party to litigation or has an interest in the litigation and the use of such records is deemed relevant and necessary to the litigation; (5) Hastings Museum officials, including the Inspector General, as needed to perform official duties; (6) a Committee of Congress in response to a formal request; and (7) any other person or entity as required by law.


The Hastings Museum is committed to ensuring that its IT systems, applications and information technology infrastructure are secured. The Hastings Museum requires credit card processing be secured based on compliance to Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards.

Unauthorized access and/or unauthorized attempts to change information on this website are strictly prohibited and punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.


Within the Hastings Museum’s website there are links and widgets to non-Hastings Museum websites. These sites operate independently of the Hastings Museum and have their own privacy policies. When you link to third party websites, you leave our website and no longer will be subject to our privacy and security policies. The Hastings Museum is not responsible for the privacy or security practices. The content of non-Hastings Museum websites, and such links are not intended to be an endorsement of the non-Hastings Museum website or its content.