The closures will affect both Derby Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House from Wednesday

Derby Museums will temporarily close its doors to the public this week in response to the government’s latest advice asking people to avoid public places to limit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The move follows similar closures at venues across Derby including Derby QUAD and Odeon cinemas, and echoes national closures of cultural institutions including the Tate, National Gallery and theatres across the country earlier this week.

On Monday the Prime Minister called for “drastic action” to reduce the rapid spread of coronavirus in the UK, with social distancing measures being advised in increasing measure.

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums said:

“This is a difficult time for us all. The welfare of our visitors and staff always comes first and so we have taken the decision today to close all of our museum sites to the public until it is safe for us to re-open. We have been welcoming visitors to Derby Museums to celebrate heritage, art and culture since 1879, and we will continue to do so by sharing our collections, programmes and ideas online. We would like to thank our friends for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you back in person very soon.”

Derby Museums will close its doors to the public with effect from Wednesday 18 March 2020. The closure will affect all museum sites including Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and the Silk Mill.

The public are being asked to follow Derby Museums’ website (www.derbymuseums.org) and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – all @derbymuseums) for further updates, including information about event cancellations.