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Phased reopening of national museums across Wales

27 July 2020

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is pleased to announce that it will begin a phased reopening of its museums to the public starting with the outdoor grounds of St Fagans National Museum of History, the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, from Tuesday 4 August.

All visitors must book their free visit in advance, online. This is to manage visitor numbers and ensure the safety of visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities. Visitors are also asked to wear face coverings when they visit for the wellbeing of staff and visitors.

St Fagans National Museum of History (outdoors only) is the first of the seven national museums to reopen on Tuesday 4 August and will be open every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday with pre-booking. The historical buildings and galleries at St Fagans will remain closed at present due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in new collaboration to help local health boards across Wales

23 July 2020

The role of the arts and creativity in aiding our wellbeing is well-researched and recognised. A shared commitment to helping support people’s health and wellbeing in Wales through the arts and culture  is one of the principles that has brought Amgueddfa Cymru, the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government together to launch a series of new projects, titled Celf ar y Cyd (‘Art in Collaboration’).

Statement on reopening

10 July 2020

“Wales’ seven national museums and the National Collection Centre are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority and therefore our sites will reopen only when it is safe for us to do so.

Today (Friday, 10 July 2020), the First Minister announced that cinemas, museums and galleries could reopen from 27 July.

“St Fagans National Museum of History is planning to reopen the Museum’s outdoor grounds four days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) from 4 August. The visitor experience will be different as the historic houses, galleries and play areas will have to remain closed due to social distancing and current restrictions. All visitors will need to pre-book a free ticket for their visit via our website (www.museum.wales) or on the phone.

“Following today’s announcement by the Welsh Government, we are also planning limited reopening of Wales’ other national museums. This will be in two phases and is dependent on the continued easing of restrictions in the coming weeks:

  • National Museum Cardiff, National Slate Museum and National Waterfront Museum to reopen during the w/c 24 August.
  • National Wool Museum, Big Pit and National Roman Legion Museum to reopen from 1 September.

“Further details will be shared on our website (www.museum.wales) and social media channels over the coming weeks.

We are working hard to ensure all national museums will be safe spaces for staff, volunteers and visitors when the time comes, with guidance on social distancing adhered to and visitor capacity managed. This includes a new booking system as although our museums will remain free, visitors must book their visit in advance. 

“Over the last few weeks, we have been reviewing how we can best support our communities through these challenging times, remotely and when we are able to re-open our museums. We have launched a new public appeal and a mass digital observation project to collect the experiences of living in Wales during this extraordinary time of COVID-19 www.museum.wales/collecting-covid.

“As a charity, Amgueddfa Cymru’s financial stability is also a priority. We are currently losing around £400k of income per month we are closed to the public and even when we re-open our museums, we will not be able to recover these losses fully on site due to the current guidelines of social distancing. We have therefore actively identified other options to protect the organisation, furloughing over 40% of our staff through the Government’s Job Retention Scheme and working with our funders to identify other sources of income. This work will continue and all support is gratefully appreciated to help us continue to work with the communities of Wales and fulfil our role as Wales’ national museum.”

Statement from David Anderson, Director General Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

8 July 2020

“This week, the UK Government announced a £1.57 billion support package for the arts, with £59m coming to Wales.

“We warmly welcome this news at a time when the museum sector in Wales is facing the challenges of COVID-19. 

“We believe this is an opportunity for Wales to give priority to those museums and arts organisations that are truly committed to inclusion and putting the needs of people and communities first. 

“Amgueddfa Cymru, local and regional museums are a vital part of the ecology of the arts across Wales, inspiring children and young people to engage with culture.

“Before COVID-19, Amgueddfa Cymru attracted nearly 2 million visitors,, including 200,000 school pupils, every year. As one of Wales’ leading visitor attractions, we will play a key role in the economic and social recovery of Wales and all its communities.

“Let’s ensure this is not a one-off commitment to supporting museums and the arts, and an indication of the priority given to culture in Wales."

Statement on Reopening

19 June 2020

Wales’ seven national museums and the National Collection Centre are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority and therefore our sites will reopen only when it is safe for us to do so

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