Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) has announced that it’s planning to re-open to the general public from Thursday, December 3, 2020.

The museum was forced to close its doors during March in response to the pandemic and it then re-opened in late October.

However, just 10 days after re-opening the museum’s doors were closed once again following the announcement of the country’s second lockdown.

Having previously prepared new coronavirus measures to ensure that guests can move around the museum safely and in accordance with Government guidelines, RAMM staff are now looking forward to welcoming visitors once again.

Cllr Amal Ghusain, Exeter City Council’s lead Councillor for communities and culture, said: “We are delighted that RAMM will be reopening its doors next week. It remains a vital part of Exeter’s cultural offering, and I know the people of Exeter will be excited to return to the museum, with all of the Covid precautions that are in place.

“With Christmas fast approaching RAMM provides a haven in the heart of the city offering its visitors a chance to relax, reflect and discover something new.”

The museum has a timed ticketing system, which allows RAMM to better manage the flow of visitors through the museum. Tickets are free, but all visitors are encouraged to book theirs online before their visit to guarantee entry.

There’s also a one-way system in place where visitors will enter at the museum’s Garden Entrance to the rear of the building, and exit through the Queen Street doors.

Visitor numbers will be reduced, screens have been introduced at the key visitor and staff contact points, there are clear physical distance markings on the floor inside and outside the buildings, and there will be frequent cleaning of key touchpoints throughout the museum.

Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum

People are also asked to do their part to help protect others by not entering the building if they are feeling unwell, by wearing a face covering, keeping their distance and using the hand sanitiser provided.

The museum’s new online shop has also opened, allowing people who are unable to make it to the museum to do their Christmas shopping from home.

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Products available include locally sourced gifts, including those for children, and, of course, giraffe-themed offerings relating to the museum’s perhaps most famous resident, Gerald.

The museum, including the shop at RAMM and the museum café, will be open from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday, from Thursday 3 December onward.

For more information about the reopening and the new safety measures, and to book free timed tickets, visitors can head to the museum’s website here.





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