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Preparing to reopen your museum


This guidance contains information, checklists and resources for museums and galleries preparing to reopen their venues following the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Peer support through Slack

We have created a Slack workspace called Reopening Conversations. This is a space to support each other during the challenges of reopening.

The Slack workspace is a platform to share information, guidance and resources on reopening that you have found useful and use it as a space to ask questions. We welcome collaboration and discussion.  If you wish to join this shared workspace please email and we will send you an invitation link.

If you have already received an invitation via email you can access the workspace via the link below. 

Go to Reopening Coversations on Slack

MGS Adaption Fund

This fund is designed to support museums with the costs of opening back up in a way that ensures the safety and confidence of staff, volunteers and visitors while restrictions are still in place due to COVID-19. The fund will support costs of essential adaptations, equipment and training. Museums can apply to the fund for up to £7,500 (£10,000 for partnerships) to purchase equipment and training that will enable them to reopen safely and in accordance with restrictions due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Applicants must follow government guidelines as they plan to re-open (see below). 

Apply now

Scottish Government guidance for museums, galleries and heritage organisations

The Scottish Government has published detailed guidance for museums, galleries and heritage organisations, outlining good practice for reopening organisations as lockdown restrictions ease. 

The guidance sets out minimum expectations across key areas organisations will need to consider as part of their planning for a restart and ongoing production while minimising the transmission of the virus. They include:

View the guidance for museums in full

Guidance has also been produced by the Scottish Government for the Scottish hospitality and tourism sector. Whilst the guidance for museums, galleries and heritage organisations should be your first source of guidance, there may be areas of cross over. 

VisitScotland have provided more context for this guidance, as well as additional resources on their website.  

Reopening Checklist

The Scottish Government have created an operational checklist for museums, galleries and heritage organisations to be used in conjunction with their published guidance pack. 

The checklist is a helpful way for museums to consider the steps they should take as part of their reopening plan and processes. 

Download the operational checklist

Scotland Excel Procurement Contracts

MGS is working with Scotland Excel to enable museums and galleries to take advantage of the procurement contracts that they provide to all 32 local authorities. Available contracts include first aid, janitorial and PPE equipment.

Museums and galleries interested in accessing Scotland Excel procurement contracts can contact the listed suppliers directly, with no minimum order (P&P may apply). For more information contact For more information on Scotland Excel and supplies available visit

We're Good to Go Certification

VisitScotland, in collaboration with VisitEngland, VisitWales and Tourism Northern Ireland have developed a UK wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide confidence for visitors, communities and tourism businesses alike. 

The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark mean businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry in Scotland can demonstrate that they're adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place.

The scheme is free and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.  

Start a "We're Good to Go" Application


Resources from other organisations

Go Industrial - Reopening resources collated by Industrial Museums Scotland 

Get Tourism Ready - Resources from VisitScotland 

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) - Reopening guidance and checklist  

National Museums Directors Council - Good practice guidelines on reopening museums  

UK Government - Working Safely During Coronavirus (Guidance for people who work or volunteer in heritage locations). 

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