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Peterborough Museum and Gallery Reopens May 2021

City Culture Peterborough is delighted to announce the reopening of Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery on Monday 4th 17th May. The Museum will be open to the public from Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm.

Peterborough Museum is one of the city’s most historic buildings. The Museum was previously a private house and then became Peterborough’s first hospital. There are both a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthral the whole family and amazing objects to discover, from prehistoric fossils to Roman artefacts, Victorian surgical equipment and incredible crafts made by prisoners of war.

Previously under the management of Vivacity, the Museum has transferred to City Culture Peterborough, part of City College Peterborough. Pat Carrington, Director of City Culture Peterborough and principal of Peterborough City College said, ‘I am delighted and thrilled that we are now able to reopen the Peterborough Museum and to be inviting visitors back for the first time since March. The team at City Culture Peterborough have been preparing for this day and have some great new things for you to see and experience’.

All the Museum galleries will be open, including a new exhibition to celebrate the reopening, ‘Restart Peterborough’, which features art from local artists.  To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers during their time at the Museum, measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Face masks will be required when in the building, there is a one-way system in place to help ensure social distancing, sanitising facilities are available throughout, and we have an increased cleaning regime of the Museum and facilities in place. Perspex screens have been put up around all tills and contactless sales are available.

These measures do mean that there is a reduced capacity for visitors to the Museum, including limits on the numbers in each gallery. You may be asked to queue both before entering and while in the building so that appropriate social distancing can be followed. Unfortunately, Coronavirus restrictions mean that many of our interactive activities have been removed, to reduce touchpoints within the building.

To help the NHS identify cases of the virus, we will ask visitors to give their details on arrival for test and trace purposes. If you are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not visit the Museum.

Squires Coffee House will be reopening but there will be a reduced capacity and new social distancing measures in place.


Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery opening times:

Monday- Closed
Tuesday- 10am-4m
Wednesday- 10am-4pm
Thursday- 10am-4pm
Friday- 10am-4pm
Saturday- 10am-4pm
Sunday- 12pm-4pm

Entry to the Museum is free with the exception of special event days.


Peterborough Museum
01733 864663


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