National Museum of Scotland begins phased reopening

IT has been five months since the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street welcomed visitors into its grand halls.

By Liam Rudden
Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 4:30 pm
Dolly The Sheep
Dolly The Sheep

It reopens Wednesday 19 August with a new online booking system and free timed tickets. The return of the galleries will be phased, with the Entrance Hall and Level 1 galleries including the Grand Gallery opening first.

Dr Chris Breward, Director of National Museums Scotland says, “We are really pleased to be able to welcome visitors back to the National Museum of Scotland. It’s such a treasured public space, and I know that many people will be just like me – excited to become reacquainted with objects almost as though they were old friends, including the Lewis chess pieces, T.rex, Dolly the Sheep or the amazing Paco Rabanne metal tunic.”

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, a range of measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. This includes pre-booked timed entry, face coverings, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand-sanitising stations and one-way routes.

“The safety of our staff and visitors is paramount, which is why we are taking a phased approach to reopening among a host of other measures designed to make sure everyone can feel confident that their visit will be both safe and enjoyable,” adds Breward.

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    Open now from 10.30am-4.30pm, guidance on visiting the Museum can be found at www. nms.ac.uk/reopening

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