During these extraordinary and challenging times, the safety of our visitors, colleagues and community is our top priority. Therefore, in line with the latest advice from Public Health England, we have decided to temporarily close the museum from 1300 hours on 19 March 2020.


We are in close contact with DCMS, the Arts Council and Public Health England as they monitor the rapidly changing situation, and our plan is to re-open the Gallery on 5 May, or as soon after when it is safe to do so. Obviously, though, this is dependent on Government advice in this rapidly changing situation.

We are naturally all upset about this closure, but I hope you’ll agree that it is the right thing to do at this time. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to the museum as soon as we can.

Please continue to monitor our website for further updates.


Dr Steven Parissien
Chief Executive