Following a period of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, M Shed, Bristol Archives and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be opening their doors to visitors once again.
M Shed and Bristol Archives will reopen on Tuesday 8 September, with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery re-opening the following week on Tuesday 15 September.
All three sites have undergone rigorous risk assessments to make sure that they are COVID secure, and have appropriate measures in place to keep both visitors and staff safe.
Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, said:
“Many of Bristol’s cultural organisations were able to adapt during lockdown and deliver fantastic events and activities online, but there is nothing quite like experiencing real places, objects and stories in person. Arts and culture play such a huge part of the city’s health, wellbeing and identity, and they will be an integral part of our recovery following the effects of COVID-19. The team is really looking forward to welcoming back visitors in a safe and enjoyable way.”
Visitor numbers will be limited at each of the venues to enable social distancing and all visits must now be booked in advance.
There will be priority timeslots on a regular basis for vulnerable groups, disabled visitors, and families with children with special educational needs.
Visitors will get a second chance to see the exhibitions that were originally scheduled to finish during lockdown. ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019’ has been extended until 4 October 2020 at M Shed and ‘Do you believe in magic?’ and ‘Being Human’ at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery have been extended until 28 February 2021 and 5 April 2021 respectively.
M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery have also achieved ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation from Visit England – an industry standard for UK tourism.
Pre-booking opens on Tuesday 1 September. Entry remains free at all sites, although donations are always welcome.
For more information, visit www.bristolmuseums.org.uk