England museums and galleries reopen after July 4

The National Gallery will be the first major gallery in London to reopen its doors, welcoming visitors from 8 July.

The vast majority of English galleries and museums will not reopen on Saturday, July 4, although the government approved the procedure last week.

The Royal Academy also announced its plans on Tuesday, reopening from July 9, with mandatory face masks. The Barbican gallery will open on July 13.

Tate said its four locations will not reopen its doors until July 27.

Many other locations have yet to set a firm date, but some will not let the public return until August or September.

Royal Academy
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Last week, the government confirmed that museums and galleries could open from Saturday, as well as cinemas, pubs, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers, libraries, theme parks and zoos.

Cultural institutions opening on that date will include the Scarborough Art Gallery. But many will not have had time to implement the government’s security guidelines.

In their ads on Tuesday, the National Gallery, Tate, Barbican and the Royal Academy said visitors would need to book tickets in advance.

The National Gallery’s Titian exhibition, which closed just three days after opening in March, has been extended to January 17.

Visitors will be asked to follow one-way routes around the building and to maintain a social distance of 2m. The gallery said that “more efficient filters” were installed in the air conditioning system to assist in the flow of fresh air. The masks will be “recommended” for visitors.

Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection
Source: BBC

The Royal Academy will allow members of its Friends program to return from July 9 and others a week later, and will only operate from Thursday to Sunday until August 2. There will also be social distance in his exhibitions, including Picasso On Paper.

Chief executive Axel Rüger said: “As the visitor capacity will be greatly reduced due to social distance, it will be an opportunity for a quieter and more contemplative experience in the galleries”.

Other venues that will open soon include the Derby Museum & Art Gallery and the National Army Museum in London, both from 7 July. The capital’s Foundling Museum and the Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea will reopen the next day.

In London, Whitechapel Gallery and Photographers’ Gallery will open on July 14 and the Wallace Collection a day later.

Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent, will follow on July 22, with The Hepworth Wakefield, Nottingham Contemporary and Serpentine in early August. But Whitworth in Manchester is among those who will not let visitors return until September.

Natural History Museum
Source: BBC

The British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Museums of Liverpool and the Royal Armories are among those who have not set a reopening date, but have confirmed that it will not be on 4 July.

A statement from the British Museum said: “Our collection and our vast historic building are very complex – and therefore we are planning secure access for visitors and collection with social distance”.

Locals have been working to implement the government’s security guidelines since they were published last Thursday.

They are required to collect a visitor record for the government’s tracking and tracking system, which is a challenge for sites that do not normally require people to reserve and provide their personal data.

Some council-run sites must also wait until the return of seconded personnel to work on frontline services during the pandemic.

News Reporter

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