Hastings Museum and Art Gallery re-opened on Thursday, 10th December. The family-friendly museum with amazingly diverse collections, offers access to art, culture and history from around the world. And the museum is free to visit with free onsite parking!

You still have time to enjoy Hastings Open 2020 before it closes at the start of January, an exhibition which celebrates the creative talent of artists and makers from across the world, selected by a panel of practising artists and curators. You can also see the old favourites, including Grey Owl’s cabin, Lady Brassey’s collections and the Story of Hastings gallery. And then there’s the museum’s shop which has a great selection of souvenirs, many from local suppliers, including some locally produced Christmas paper and cards.

To manage the number of people in the museum at any one time, all visitors will need to book a free timed ticket in advance. This can be done online up to 14 days in advance through www.hmag.org.uk, where you can also get full details of what you can see. 

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can book by phone on 01424 451052. The museum will be open Thursdays to Sundays 10am-12.30pm and 2-5pm. There will be a reduced number of tickets available on Sunday afternoons, between 2pm and 5pm, for those who are nervous about visiting or fall into the most vulnerable groups.  

The museum is one of Visit England’s We’re Good to Go accredited venues which means it is a COVID safe attraction. The museum has introduced measures to encourage social distancing and limit the number of people in the building at any time. A one-way route has been introduced to allow people to explore the fascinating building and collections safely. Hand sanitiser stations are placed throughout the museum and extra cleaning routines are in place, including for the toilets. Reusable and washable facemasks will be available to purchase on entry.  

And don’t forget, you can still get involved with the museum’s digital activities – from Rock around Hastings to an Introduction to Museum Conservation

Check out the museum’s Facebook page for more information.

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