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Museums to begin a phased reopening

We’re delighted that Norfolk Museums Service’s three largest sites will soon be open again to the public: Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

Measures have been put in place to allow customers to use the museums safely and visit with confidence.

Time & Tide and Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse will open to the general public from Monday 3 August, with advanced booking required for entry. Tickets will become available on the Norfolk Museum Service website on 1 August.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery will reopen later in August, with the exact dates still to be confirmed. Before that happens there will be a number of weddings taking place at the castle which have been arranged under the new government guidelines.

The remaining seven sites that make up the Norfolk Museums Service will reopen when it is safe to do so.

Ahead of the public reopening, Museums Pass holders will be invited to book an early-access visit. This began at Time & Tide from Saturday 18 July and Gressenhall from Monday 20 July. This will allow the ticketing system and the social distancing measure to be evaluated with lower visitor numbers.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities at Norfolk County Council, said: “Norfolk’s museums are a vital part of our heritage and visitor economy. We want to see people enjoying themselves in safety and confidence as we steadily reopen each site. Our county’s cultural and historical attractions will be a vital part of Norfolk’s economic recovery and this is an important step along that path.”

Visitors to each museum have access to hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities while signage and recommended visitor routes will allow for social distancing.

The reopening arrangements for all three sites have been awarded Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ certification, the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors back – we know you’ve missed us and we’ve certainly missed you!

Book your advance tickets on the website from 1 August, where you’ll also find updated opening times and safety measures.

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