Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery will re-open its doors to the public on Wednesday 12 August, with safety measures in place to meet government coronavirus guidelines.
It is the latest city attraction to be reopened by Portsmouth City Council after it was awarded the national We're Good to Go standard. This confirms the museum is following government and public health guidance, has carried out a coronavirus risk assessment and has the necessary safety processes in place.
Visitors to Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery will be able to enjoy a new exhibition which charts the history of Portsmouth in art from 1900 to the present day. Portsmouth Revisited II will celebrate how the city has evolved and changed since the turn of the 20th century through key works from the city's art collection as well as new acquisitions and donations on display for the first time.
Admission is free and the museum will be open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5.30pm (last entry will be at 4pm). The shop will be open but the café will remain closed until 25 August.
Visitors will be required to wear face coverings and maintain two-metre social distancing inside the museum. Other safety measures include hand-cleansing facilities and staggered entry at busy times. The museum will need to take contact details of visitors and store them temporarily, in case they are needed for coronavirus tracing.
The museum has also extended its loan of the very rare dodo skeleton in the D is for Dodo, E is for Extinct exhibition. Dodos are an icon of extinction and this skeleton is one of only twelve in existence.
The wider display features specimens from Portsmouth's natural history collections made accessible through the Wild about Portsmouth Heritage Lottery Project. Many of the specimens are displayed for the first time in over a decade, with loans from Dinosaur Isle, the Hampshire Cultural Trust and Bournemouth Natural Science Society.
Cllr Steve Pitt, the council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development and Deputy Leader, comments: "It's great to see Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery welcoming visitors. The safety measures in place will allow visitors to once again enjoy exploring this city's extraordinary past. The newly-opened exhibition, Portsmouth Revisited II, celebrates the spirit, diversity and resilience of Portsmouth - what could be more fitting as the city pulls together once more to overcome the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic."
Portsmouth's museum and archive collections are also collecting contributions to tell the story of how the city has reacted and responded to the coronavirus pandemic. They are calling on local residents to share photographs, pictures, copies of documents, video and audio files that can be recorded in the archive to tell the personal stories of our experiences for future generations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a contribution or find out more about the project.
More information about coronavirus safely measures are available on Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery's website: https://portsmouthmuseum.co.uk or call 02392 834779 for further details.