Following the successful reopening of the café at St Albans Museum + Gallery in July, St Albans Museums is delighted to announce the reopening of the rest of the service.
St Albans Museum + Gallery will reopen on Monday 17th August and will be open every day 11am – 5pm.
Verulamium Museum will reopen on Tuesday 1st September and will be open Monday – Friday 10am – 4.30pm and Saturdays 11am – 4.30pm.
Following government guidance allowing the reopening of museums and galleries, the museum team has been hard at work putting in place safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone.
St Albans Clock Tower, which would usually have opened from Easter to September, will reopen for a weekend to celebrate Heritage Open Days.
Visitors will be able to climb the 93 steps to the top for breath-taking views across St Albans on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 11am – 4pm.
To ensure the safety of all visitors, numbers within each building will be restricted to allow for social distancing.
As a larger venue, St Albans Museum + Gallery will be able to accommodate a greater number of walk-in visitors. Visitors to Verulamium Museum however are encouraged to pre-book.
All visitors will need to complete a short registration form, either when they pre-book online or when they arrive on site. This is to assist with the track and trace scheme.
All visitors will be required to wear face masks in order to comply with the latest government guidance.
Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Heritage and Public Realm said, “we’re so pleased to be reopening our museums fully for people to experience in person once again.”
“We hope visitors will be reassured that we have a range of measures in place to ensure our spaces are safe for everyone. Although some of the much-loved interactive elements have been temporarily removed to reduce the risk of Covid-19, the museum team has worked hard to ensure there are still elements to keep all the family entertained during their visit.”
Families can borrow an explorer pack to help them discover the museum and complete a heritage trail that covers the history of the building and the surrounding city centre area.
Exhibitions on display when St Albans Museum + Gallery reopens will be the Handley Page: a history of the Radlett Aerodrome, which tells the fascinating story of the planes made there and the people who worked on site.
In the Weston Gallery, visitors can go back in time in our pop-up St Albans Picture House and experience the early films made by St Albans film pioneer, Arthur Melbourne Cooper.
A number of other exhibitions and displays, including Mechanical Marvels and 175 years of SAHAAS, will be displayed at St Albans Museum + Gallery later in the year.
At this unprecedented time the arts, heritage and culture sector needs your support more than ever.
If you are in a position to do so, please make a donation to help St Albans Museums.
During this emergency, your generous donation via the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust will let us plan ahead; help fund our future activity; and allow us to support our arts partners and colleagues.
Thank you for your ongoing support and patience.