With new safety measures now in place, Derby Museum and Art Gallery is set to re-open its doors to the public in the first week of July after nearly four months of closure under the Coronavirus lockdown.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery, which closed its doors to the public on 18th March in accordance with Government’s Coronavirus guidelines, has undergone a thorough safety review to ensure all of the necessary precautions are in place for the public to return from Tuesday 7th July. The museum’s re-opening is an important part of Derby’s economic and social recovery as the city emerges from lockdown.
To help with social distancing, visitors can expect to be admitted every 15 minutes via a new main entrance on The Strand and, once inside, will follow a one-way system with directional signage. Opening hours have been reduced to allow for enhanced cleaning and plenty of hand sanitiser stations will be available for the public to use as well as an accessible toilet.
Some areas of the Museum and Art Gallery may have limited access for a time, including the Coffee House, which will initially be offering a reduced takeaway service. Several interactive exhibits may also be closed until further notice and, for the time-being, Pickford’s House will not re-open.
Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums commented:
“Museums are experts in caring for things and the safety of our visitors and staff is no exception. We have taken very thorough steps to ensure the Museum and Art Gallery complies with the Government’s recommended safety guidelines, and we hope that these new measures will put our visitors at ease and make their experience as enjoyable as possible as we welcome everyone back.”
From Tuesday 7th July, the Museum and Art Gallery’s new opening times will be as follows:
Entry remains free, and Derby Museums continues to welcome generous donations from the public which can be made through its contactless donation facility.
For those who are not yet able to visit the museum in person, Derby Museums’ new microsite, Derby Museums from Home, will be making all sorts of playful, surprising and quirky content available online over the coming months. This will also be shared across Derby Museums’ social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – all @derbymuseums).
An updated Accessibility statement, outlining all of the precautions we are taking, will be made available here shortly.