In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, St Albans City and District Council and the St Albans Museums team have made the difficult decision to close both Verulamium Museum and St Albans Museum + Gallery.
The decision has been made in light of the government guidance and recent announcements.
Both museums will close on Friday 20 March at 5pm, coinciding with the closure of schools across the country.
Verulamium Museum is a specialist Roman museum which is visited by over 30,000 children a year, whilst St Albans Museum + Gallery has been established as a city centre cultural hub offering a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions and events.
Following the cancellation of all events, activities and school visits, it is no longer necessary to keep the museums open to provide support to essential educational services.
The Hypocaust will also be closed to the public.
The medieval Clock Tower will not be reopened at Easter as previously planned.
St Albans City and District Council and the St Albans Museums team will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen the sites as soon as it is possible to do so.
Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Sport said, “Both Verulamium Museum and St Albans Museum + Gallery form a vital part of our educational and cultural offer in St Albans and so it is with a heavy heart that we temporarily close these key community venues.”
“The Museums team will continue to share the wonderful stories and objects in the City’s collection via their online platforms and I look forward to reopening the museums soon.”
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.