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Phased reopening planned as museums and galleries look forward to welcoming back visitors

We warmly welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement that museums and galleries can reopen our doors as part of the third phase of lockdown easing and we are looking forward to greeting our visitors once again.

While we are collaborating as a sector to support and share knowledge of how to best welcome back visitors, we will be reopening at varying times starting this summer and will make our individual announcements as soon as we are each able to do so.

Reopening involves individual logistical challenges which we are approaching with a focus on protecting the health and safety of our visitors and employees whilst ensuring a quality visitor experience. We are all becoming more familiar with physical distancing and additional hygiene measures in our public spaces, and museums and galleries are similarly preparing in line with Government guidelines. Training will enable our dedicated teams to continue to provide excellent customer support before and during visits. We support the introduction of the UK-wide ‘We’re Good to Go’ certification in reassuring all our visitors, staff and volunteers that they can be confident of their safety.

We know that our visitors are eager to visit as soon as possible so we will be encouraging them to check our opening details online before they visit. In many cases, temporary ticketing systems will allow the booking of timed slots to enjoy our sites and our collections. Some museums and galleries may operate on different days or times and some may open partially so checking in advance will help visitors to prepare for any temporary experiential changes. Some museums and galleries, including those operating seasonally or reliant on the support of volunteers, may delay reopening until they are financially and operationally able to do so. We will continue to connect digitally with our communities.

Scotland’s museums and galleries and the collections they care for and display play a vital economic, educational and placemaking role in our rural and urban communities. The pandemic has been challenging for all, and collectively, we would like to express our gratitude to the public for their ongoing engagement and support.  We look forward to doing all we can to support Scotland’s recovery as soon as is safely possible, through spaces and collections that bring us together, comfort, educate, spark conversations and inspire creativity.


Museums Galleries Scotland

National Museums Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland

Glasgow Life

V&A Dundee

Industrial Museums Scotland


Notes to Editors

Museums Galleries Scotland is the national development body for Scotland’s museums and galleries supporting the sector through advocacy, funding and workforce development., @MuseumsGalScot

National Museums Scotland comprises the National Museum of Scotland and the National War Museum in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride., @NtlMuseumsScot

The National Galleries of Scotland comprises the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One & Modern Two)., @NatGalleriesSco

V&A Dundee 

As Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee tells a global story, investigating the international importance of design alongside presenting Scotland’s outstanding design achievements. V&A Dundee features world-class exhibitions alongside the permanent Scottish Design Galleries, and a changing programme of commissions, events and activities.The new museum has been delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, founded by the Victoria and Albert Museum – the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance – Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Scottish Enterprise., @VADundee

Industrial Museums Scotland 

Industrial Museums Scotland is a federation of independent Accredited industrial museums that hold collections Recognised as being of National significance. It was established to ensure that industrial heritage, with its implicit challenges, and position in Scotland’s history, becomes a sustainable part of the future of Scotland’s cultural and heritage sector., @GoIndustScot