Manchester Art Gallery

When are we reopening?

This week’s Government announcement that museums and galleries can reopen from 4 July is welcome news. We’ve very much missed being open and can’t wait to welcome people back, but it’s important to us that we manage the re-opening in a way that ensures our visitors and staff feel safe. We’re looking at how we can begin a phased re-opening of the gallery at some point over the summer.

We want to get things right and are planning for how we can best do this to ensure gallery goers get the most from their visit when we re-open. We’ll keep you posted on progress and of course, welcome your thoughts and feedback.

25 responses to “When are we reopening?”

  1. Nicholas Webb says:

    Can’t wait for reopening. One-way route round the whole building essential. Cafe should also reopen with appropriate spacing.

  2. Helen Jarvie says:

    Can you advise which date you’ll reopen to the public please?

  3. Ms. B.Hyland says:

    I hope you will reopen soon but its important that staff and customers are safe. But looking forward to a coffee in the cafe and catching up with my friends. And of course visiting the latest exhibition.

  4. Jane Trimmer says:

    I would like to see the gallery open soon, but appreciate this would need a lot of planning.
    Perhaps timed-tickets are in order, as in the major London galleries?
    It would be nice if the cafe were to re-open but would accept that it may not in the near future.
    I can see that the toilets will be a problem as the one-metre rule would be virtually impossible. Perhaps one person at a time? This would be acceptable, as long as people know.

    • Martin Grimes says:

      Thanks for your thoughts Jane. We met again at the gallery today to look at the practicalities in detail, looking at signage and waymarking in particular. When we are absolutely clear on a date, we’ll let eveyone know – we’re as keen to reopen as everyone!

  5. Michael Potok says:

    Come on guys. If the National Gallery can do it you can do it. If you are going to wait till all your visitors “feel safe” you might as well resign yourselves to never opening again.

  6. Ms Amy Knowles says:

    Art galleries and museums are such a good resource for families, but usually the toddlers can run around (in the family gallery mostly of course). Will this still be allowed in that gallery?

    • Martin Grimes says:

      Hi Amy, during the first phase of reopening, the family gallery – Clore Art Space – will not be open. As time goes on and we get more a sense of what does and doesn’t work in terms of engaging but safe visits, we’ll be able to review what parts of the gallery we can open.

  7. Danny Dronsfield says:

    Got a date yet?

  8. James michaels says:

    Not on that you’re refusing to set a date. You’re actively depriving Mancunians of art that could lift their mental health in lockdown. If galleries in London can open safely you should as well, or at the very least explain why they can’t.
    You’re receiving a bailout from the government with our money, you need to open for the people.

  9. Amy says:

    I understand. It’s just such a shame. This is the kids’ only childhood and I want my son to have all the experiences ??

  10. Mike M says:

    Looking forward to visiting again. Glad that you’re not rushing into reopening before you are in a position to do so. Kudos to you.

  11. Lennie says:

    Liverpool museum is opening from this weekend, you have been closed for months which should have left plenty of time to plan how you will open safely. Surely plans should have already been in place ready to “go” when the announcement came through.

  12. Tina says:

    Totally agree with Lennie – you have had months to plan … why is there still no date for reopening ? This just isn’t good enough

  13. Carol Barnes says:

    Yes it is very disappointing that there seems to be no opening date. It is also disappointing that there does not seem to be any recent response from the gallery staff to recent comments.There is certainly a moral obligation on the gallery staff to reopen as art galleries provide such a welcome relief in these difficult times.

  14. james says:

    This is ridiculous, I understand these are difficult times but everywhere else is reopening – including most galleries and museums up and down the country and not only are you lagging behind but you haven’t even got a date – how many meetings does it take to even agree on a date to work towards?

  15. Martin Grimes says:

    It’s great that so many of you are keen for us to reopen, we are too!

    The gallery will reopen to the public on Thursday 20 August. We’ll share more details about opening times, what you’ll be able to see when you visit and how we’ll keep you and our staff feeling safe shortly.

  16. Anthony Namba says:

    See you soon

  17. raz says:

    hi, i was wondering if your gallery is still open id like to visit 🙂

  18. Pauline Roberts says:

    The Above information seems to be out of date. When in 2021 will Manchester Art Gallery open for the GREYSON PERRY Exhibition? I am hoping to travel from Ireland in June, and to see this exhibition.

    • Meg Parnell says:

      Hello Pauline,
      All being well, the gallery will reopen on Wednesday 19th May.
      Booking will open a couple of weeks before this date.
      The Grayson Perry exhibition will be open until 31st October 2021, so we hope that gives you time to plan.

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