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Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery is Reopening

Published on Tuesday, 28th July 2020

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery is re-opening and you’ll find some changes!

From Wednesday 5 August, the museum will be welcoming visitors and following an online survey and guidance published by the National Museums Directors Conference there’ll be a number of changes.

Firstly people will need to book in advance to visit the museum. Hourly slots will be available at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For the time being the museum will be closed on Thursdays and Sundays. The tickets will be free. Numbers of tickets will be restricted to reduce queuing and allow social distancing within the site in accordance with the feedback from visitors and the guidance that has been issued. Please note there will be no access without a booking! To book go to www.nuneatonmuseum.eventbrite.co.uk

On their visit users will find there is a new one way system around the museum to follow which is clearly marked. Team members will be on hand to provide advice to visitors and answer any questions you may have. Hand Sanitiser is provided at the entrance/exit for visitors, one of our front of house team will clean high touch areas in the museum hourly, whilst we are posting another team-member permanently at the toilets to direct visitors and ensure frequent cleaning.

For the time being there will be no access to tearoom facilities from within the museum. Users will be able to access the tearoom by its entrance for takeaway only.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: 

“I’m so glad that we are able to re-open the Museum & Art Gallery. Thank you to all of those who responded to the survey it has really helped to finalise our plans to keep visitors and the museum team safe. We have some great exhibitions to mark the re-opening and I hope people will enjoy their return to the museum"

To find out more about visiting the museum and our new safety measures please visit www.nuneatonmuseum.wordpress.com/

Also new are three temporary exhibitions, our first ever exhibition of our sculpture is on display in our Yellow Gallery. A photographic show reveals the devastation of the Nuneaton Blitz during WW2, and you can find out all about the history of tea in our 'Just My Cup of Tea Exhibition'.

WE recognise that some of our visitors are still shielding so we will continue to provide the online activities and content which have become so popular during lockdown. The museum’s social media reached over twelve thousand people in June alone. 

As we are not currently able to offer activities for children and families at the Museum & Art Gallery, we thought we would try to bring them to you! In addition to the museums Blog: www.nuneatonmuseum.wordpress.com/ , the museum has a Facebook page, Instagram feed and a newly introduced YouTube channel

There is also page on our website called Museum at Home. You will be able to find all sorts of interesting things on there over the coming weeks including some fantastic activities to download and do at home!

You can find the page at: www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/museum-at-home

Sculpture

In celebration of Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery’s recent collaboration with Art UK on their national sculpture project, come and explore a selection of the best sculptural objects from the Museum’s Collection.

Blitz

75 years on from the Blitz, this exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to examine in person never-before-seen photographs from the Museum’s Collection, alongside interesting local artefacts. With detailed images revealing the significant aftermath of air raids on the region, visitors can gain a picture of what happened to Nuneaton during the Second World War and appreciate the rebuilding that created the town we love today.

Just My Cup of Tea

Join us to explore the making of the Great British cuppa in an exhibition that will take you on a fascinating journey around the world. Discover how tea first came to Britain and the impacts it had on society through the centuries.

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