Leicester Museums Reveal New Website and Re-Opening Dates
Leicester Museums are delighted to announce the launch of a new Leicester Museums and Galleries brand and website. The website features information on all of Leicester’s museums and the arts service plus details of permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays. It showcases the city’s collections, as well as providing details of what measures are in place to make museums covid-19 secure.
The new website can be viewed here!
The reopening dates for the city’s museums are as follows:
Leicester Museum and Gallery will open at 11am on Monday 17 August. Opening hours will be from 11am-4.30pm on weekdays and 11am-5pm at weekends
The gardens at Belgrave Hall will reopen on Wednesday 19 August and will be open from 11am-4.30pm.
Admission to all of the city’s museums is free and in order to implement additional safety measures the opening hours at some sites have been temporarily changed. Newarke Houses Museum, the Guildhall and Abbey Pumping Station will all reopen on Thursday 27 August and will be open from Thursdays to Sundays from noon until 4.30pm.
For the safety of visitors and staff we need to manage the number of visitors within museum buildings. We are requesting that you book your tickets in advance of visiting in order to manage numbers and maintain safety at museums. Timed tickets for can be booked online here.
Leicester Museum & Gallery will reopen with a new exhibition called Brick City, which runs until 22 November. The exhibition celebrates iconic buildings from around the world, recreated in LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore, and culminating with a magnificent 180,000-piece LEGO rendition of London St Pancras Station.
Also on display at Leicester Museum is Finding the Fallen, VE75 – A Pilgrim’s Journey of Remembrance. Linked to the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the exhibition is a response by Leicester artist Loz Atkinson to the memory of her great-grandfather Arthur Pinder. Arthur and his crew died during the Second World War when their Halifax Bomber crashed on a mountain in northern Italy.
A second significant war anniversary, the 75th anniversary of victory over Japan (VJ Day) which signified the end of WW2, is marked in an exhibition at Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens: VJ 75 – Leicestershire Prisoners of War in the Far East 1941-45. This will be on display to 8th November 2020. Many from Leicester and Leicestershire served in the Far East campaigns against Japan and her allies either in the Leicester Regiment or other units. The exhibition tells powerful personal stories of those who became prisoners of war and were forced into hard labour including the construction of the Burma railway.