The reopening of Salford Museum and Art Gallery has been postponed after the building suffered flooding damage in a hailstorm last week.
The museum was due to reopen on May 29, with tickets going up for sale this morning (May 18). However, after only a few hours, the link to purchase tickets was removed from the website.
A post on the museum’s blog stated: “Unfortunately, at the end of last week we had an enormous hailstorm which flooded part of the building. Whilst no collections were damaged, we are still drying out the areas, removing carpets and so on and as such have taken the difficult decision to delay opening until we are looking at our best.”
While no new date has been announced, the museum will still be reopening in the near future. Tickets will be free and available through Eventbrite, although the museum is still welcoming donations for those willing to spare the cash.
The post said: “Slots will be released in two-week blocks so there should be plenty of availability. If you can’t attend, please let us know.
“We are asking all visitors to book a slot in advance so that we can control numbers. You will need to follow our one-way route to visit and exit. Some of our interactives have been taken off display but there is still plenty for families to enjoy.”
The museum initially announced its reopening in early April after being closed for six months following stricter restrictions by the government.
A phased reopening was attempted earlier in the year but was quashed by the new guidelines.
The response to the reopening on social media has been positive. Many locals are expressing their excitement at the museum’s return, with many on Facebook and Instagram making plans to visit:
“Yes that’s amazing looking forward to going there.”
“we should take the boys”
“will definitely be having a look!”
As well as reopening all galleries to the public, two new exhibitions will be featured; ‘You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford’s Green Spaces’ and ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane: Photographs by George Shepherd’.
To keep up to date with the latest info on the reopening and other news related to the museum, you can follow their official social media accounts:
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