Museums and Galleries welcome visitors from 7 July

Posted on Friday 3 July 2020

Along with many museums and galleries across England, our venues will soon be reopening and work is underway to provide a warm welcome.

Poole Museum and Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth will reopen on Tuesday 7 July. Both museums have worked hard to ensure visitors have an enjoyable time. We’ve introduced new cleaning regimes and one-way or keep left systems. Look out for the signs. We’ll also be reducing the number of visitors to ensure social distancing and we’re asking visitors to book tickets in advance which will be timed entry.

Cllr Mark Howell, Portfolio Holder for Culture said:

“Our museums have so much to offer. Council staff have worked very hard to get these venues, which attract world-class exhibitions, ready for visitors for Tuesday. Arts and culture go a long way to lifting spirits so why not pay them a visit.”

The Russell-Cotes displays an outstanding art collection in an exuberant Victorian villa on the Bournemouth cliff top. Its major new loan exhibition, “Beyond the Brotherhood: the Pre-Raphaelite Legacy”, which includes iconic paintings on loan from Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal Academy has been extended to 27 September and is not to be missed. From 7 July we will open on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am – 5pm. Tickets can be booked on the museum’s website:

Poole Museum, at the junction of the newly pedestrianised Lower High Street and Quay, tells the remarkable story of the ancient port town of Poole. The museum has also extended its “Alchemy: Artefacts Reimagined” exhibition, in which artist Anne-Marie James has created new work in response to museum objects. The museum is free and will be open from 7 July every day 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm. Free entry tickets can be booked on the museum’s website:

Medieval Scaplen’s Court Museum, Poole will also reopen soon and as soon as we have full details we’ll provide these on our facebook page and on our website.

All venues look forward to welcoming you back.