Preparations for reopening RAMM
26 June 2020
Since the museum closed, we’ve been missing our friends and visitors. Our galleries are awfully quiet but our skeleton staff has been on hand to make sure Gerald the giraffe doesn’t feel too lonely! We are using the time to do some much needed work in the museum including fixing the lift to ensure that the building is more accessible, and improving the flooring at our Queen Street reception.
Behind the scenes, we are firming up our plans for reopening. Whilst the government has said that museums can begin opening from the 4 July, this is going to vary enormously up and down the country. In comparison to closing, reopening is a complicated business and there are lots of variables to consider. We are eager to welcome you back to RAMM but there is still quite a bit of work to be done before we can open our doors.
As well as implementing measures to ensure the safety of our visitors and the essential building work mentioned above, another factor we need to take into consideration is the expenditure involved in reopening the museum. There are significant costs to this and whilst RAMM is currently benefiting from the government furlough scheme, any reopening has to balance the value of the museum to the social, economic and cultural life of the city against the need to preserve the City Council’s scarce financial resources at a particularly challenging time.
Whilst we are not able to confirm the exact date for RAMM’s re-opening at the moment, we will announce it as soon as it is confirmed. Our detailed planning will make sure we are fully prepared to welcome back our wonderful visitors.
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We know that RAMM has a special place in so many people’s hearts and we look forward to opening up the museum as a place of wonder and exploration for everyone as soon as is realistically possible. In the meantime, you can explore RAMM online.
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