Following the Following the First Minister’s announcement today about the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions in July for the tourism sector, St Fagans National Museum of History is planning to reopen the Museum’s outdoor grounds for a limited number of days each week from the beginning of August.
In a statement the National Museum Wales said "The wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority and therefore our sites will reopen only when it is safe for us to do so"
It says the visitor experience will be different as the historic houses, galleries and play areas will have to remain closed due to social distancing and current restrictions.
It confirmed that its six other national museums will open at a later date, which is yet to be finalised.
The National Museum Wales said "We are working hard to ensure all of our national museums will be safe spaces for staff, volunteers and visitors when the time comes, with guidance on social distancing adhered to and visitor capacity managed. This includes a new booking system as although our museums will remain free, visitors will be asked to book their visit in advance to avoid disappointment. We will only be able to welcome a limited number of visitors each day we are open."
"Over the last few weeks, we have been reviewing how we can best support our communities through these challenging times, remotely and when we are able to re-open our museums. We have launched a new public appeal and a mass digital observation project to collect the experiences of living in Wales during this extraordinary time of COVID-19 www.museum.wales/collecting-covid."
"As a charity, Amgueddfa Cymru’s financial stability is also a priority. We are currently losing around £400k of income per month we are closed to the public and even when we re-open our museums, we will not be able to recover these losses fully on site due to the current guidelines of social distancing."
"We have therefore actively identified other options to protect the organisation, furloughing over 40% of our staff through the Government’s Job Retention Scheme and working with our funders to identify other sources of income. This work will continue and all support is gratefully appreciated to help us continue to work with the communities of Wales and fulfil our role as Wales’ national museum."
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