Derbyshire County Council’s Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is now welcoming visitors back having been closed for more than five months due to the coronavirus pandemic. With a brand new booking system and new safety measures in place to combat the spread of the virus, visitors can once again enjoy one of Buxton’s best loved visitor attractions.
Visitors can feel reassured that as well as meeting all the current government guidelines, the museum has been awarded VisitEngland’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard certificate.
Marking its reopening is the launch of an ambitious lockdown art project in partnership with a number of local artists and community groups, funded by Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund. Completed projects and work submitted by each artist and group will be showcased online over the coming weeks.
What is there to see?
A new exhibition is now open in the ground floor gallery, featuring a striking collection of photographs originally featured last year in Hoards: a hidden history of ancient Britain; an exhibition in partnership with the British Museum and one of Buxton’s most visited ever. In response to visitor feedback, Buxton Museum staff decided the photography featuring locations across Peak District, deserved another airing.
Between Two Worlds is an exhibition of artworks reflecting the consequences of the 20th century’s world wars and colonialism on people’s individual lives and opportunities. This show opened just a few weeks before the UK went into lockdown earlier this year, so for anyone who had planned a visit to this ground breaking exhibition, but didn’t get chance – the show will now continue until the end of the year.
What can visitors expect?
Visitors are required to book tickets in advance online to avoid over-crowding and enable social distancing (no-walk-ins). You don’t need to print anything out, just bring your device with the booking on it or a print out. Visitor numbers will be limited and this may increase in time – book as soon as you can.
- Face coverings are to be worn by visitors through the entirety of their visit unless medically exempt or under the age of 11 years old.
- Bookings: 30 minute arrival slots are available during opening hours (see above); please note the museum is closed for lunch between 1pm – 2pm. Please don’t miss your time slot, or you won’t be able to go in.
- Up to 6 people will be able to visit together as a group. There are ‘individual’ and ‘group’ tickets available.
- There is a one-way system through the galleries with frequent hand sanitiser stations and assistance from staff.
- Track and trace: the information you give when you book will be kept for 21 days, for track and trace purposes and in the event the museum needs to contact you.
- The gift shop is temporarily closed whilst protective screens are being fitted.
- Public computers have been temporarily removed.
- The galleries and exhibitions have been refreshed but for safety reasons some things have been removed such as the dressing up box, children’s toys and activity sheets.
- Activity sheets and quizzes can be downloaded online here if you wish to print one out and bring it with you. Please bring your own pens and crayons.
Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis said: “We’re really pleased we’re now in a position to re-open the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery as we know how much people value it and all it has to offer. The safety of our customers and staff remains our top priority”.
“The museum and art gallery team have worked incredibly hard while it has been closed, ensuring more resources are available online and entertaining people virtually with a number of initiatives.”
The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday with half hourly timed slots available for small groups of up to six people, between 10am and noon and 2pm to 3pm. This allows visitors about an hour to enjoy the galleries while still being able to socially distance from each other.
Book your tickets here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/buxton-museum-and-art-gallery-general-admission-tickets
The new way of operating will be constantly under review by staff, and it is hoped that the number of available sessions will be increased in future. It is also hoped that Saturday openings will be able to re-start shortly. Any changes will be updated on the museum website.
Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA
T: 01629 533540