Barnsley Museums galleries to re-open

Barnsley Museums will re-open its museum and gallery spaces from Monday, 17 May, in line with the government road map.

The indoor offer within the museums buildings will be open to visitors for the first time in months after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The spaces reopening include;

  • Experience Barnsley Museum including the Archives and Discovery Centre and gift shop
  • The Cooper Gallery, gift shop and cafes
  • Cannon Hall Museum and gift shop - reopening Tuesday, 18 May (the parklands open all year round)
  • Worsbrough Mill will remain closed but due to reopen in the summer (the Country Park remains open all year round)
  • Elsecar Heritage Centre – shops, café and visitor centre are open with the Gallery space due to reopen in the summer.

All the museums have undergone a Covid refresh, offering a safe and secure experience and as always visitors will receive a warm welcome. The Museums have been awarded a Visit Britain 'We’re Good to Go' safety certificate, which offers confidence of a safe and secure environment.

An exciting programme has been planned to mark the reopening of the museums and galleries.

While the doors have been closed, Experience Barnsley has undergone a substantial refresh with lots of exciting new objects and artefacts to discover.  People can get a sneaky peak of the new spaces at an exclusive live stream event happening on their social media channels on Friday, 14 May at 7pm. 

Barnsley Archives and Local Studies will be open Monday to Wednesday, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm and it will be a much-anticipated return for the team, volunteers, and wider community. It will operate on a limited basis with an appointment-only service. Documents and other materials will be available to view by pre-order.

The Cooper Gallery will be opening with a never before seen display of artwork.  ‘The Cooper Prize’ is a collection of pieces selected from the Gallery’s recent art competition. It attracted entries from an outstanding array of artist whose work will be seen as part of the exhibition.

On display in Cannon Hall Museum will be a stunning photographic exhibition ‘Beautiful Barnsley’, which captures stunning locations around the borough and will warm the hearts of those who have visited them.

All the museum gift shops make a welcome return offering a range of high-quality gift ideas.

People visiting are encouraged to adhere to safety measures in place and maintain social distancing in line with government guidance face masks are also advised where possible.

Some areas of the museums and galleries will remain closed, where it is not possible for people to maintain social distancing.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “It’s the day the museum service has been waiting for, to once again open their doors to visitors old and new. The galleries house spectacular collections and displays, all linked to the boroughs rich and fascinating history, and we can wait for people to have the opportunity to explore them once again. After months being closed the team can’t wait to welcome people back and have been working hard to offer a safe, comfortable and relaxing experience guaranteed to raise and smile.”

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