Sheffield Museums' sites set to reopen

Sheffield Museums' sites set to reopen

07 May 2021

Some of Sheffield’s best loved attractions are getting ready to reopen later this month, with the city’s newly established Sheffield Museums group set to offer FREE entry to visitors at all its sites.

Kelham Island Museum, Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum will all reopen from Thursday 20 May, while Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is expected to reopen on Saturday 29 May, followed by Shepherd Wheel, on Saturday 5 June.

The Graves Gallery, in Sheffield Central Library will also remain closed, while work continues on a programme of refurbishment and redisplay – the gallery is expected to reopen in the summer.

Pre-booking and reduced capacities will be in operation across the portfolio of sites, with some areas also benefiting from an air handling system to continuously bring in fresh air.

The reopening of Kelham Island Museum and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is set to be significantly different, as both sites welcome the introduction of FREE entry to all visitors, having previously charged for entry. This means even more people will now get to learn about Sheffield’s world-famous industrial heritage as a city.

The start of April marked a huge moment for Sheffield's museums, galleries and heritage sites –as former organisations Museums Sheffield and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust officially joined together to become Sheffield Museums, a new unified museums service for the city and its people.

“Our team are really looking forward to welcoming visitors back – and we have a great programme lined up for them,” says Kim Streets, chief executive of Sheffield Museums.

In addition to the return of permanent exhibitions at Sheffield Museum sites, the Millennium Gallery will also be reopening with some fantastic new exhibits. Cecil Beaton’s glittering portraits from a golden age are set to be showcased in a major new exhibition direct from the National Portrait Gallery, while Koestler Arts’ new exhibition showcasing artwork made by people in the criminal justice system during lockdown will also make its debut.

Plan and pre-book your free visit at: https://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/welcoming-you-back-safely