The UK National Videogame Museum has announced that it will be reopening to the public. On the 21st of May, for the first time in over 6 months, the attractions will be seen by visitors. Save for a brief reopening period in late Summer 2020, the Sheffield museum and visitor attraction has been closed since 16th March 2020. As an independent museum, this attraction is only able to reopen after running multiple fundraising campaigns. Most notably their JustGiving campaign back in March 2020 was supported by members of the Sheffield public and after receiving support from the Culture Recovery Fund they were able to move forwards with re-opening.
The Museum encourages visitors to touch and explore its exhibits in a highly interactive environment. The Museum has developed comprehensive safety procedures to keep them as safe as possible in their visit. This includes an increased cleaning regime, socially distanced galleries, and a clear hand sanitizing guide to enable visitors to fully enjoy the museum’s exhibits.
Iain Simons, Creative Director for the NVM, said “Like a lot of museums and cultural venues, when lockdown started it was by no means sure that we were going to still be here when it relaxed. That we are is thanks to the overwhelming support of our friends in the industry, the public and DCMS over the last year.Iain Simons, Creative Director for the NVM
Just like museums, videogames are places to visit. With us all spending so much time indoors, sometimes alone, games have become really important for lots of us. As places to learn, places to play, places to keep in contact with our friend’s video games have been there for us.
We’re reopening our museum with some exciting new projects, the optimism of summertime and excitement at continuing to build the National Videogame Museum. Learn, play, meet your friends, in your national place for videogames. We can’t wait to see you all again!”
Hannah Bryan, Director of Visitor Experience for the NVM, said “It’s great to be able to invite people back into the museum, we miss the connection between our collections and our visitors – people bring our gallery to life. The whole team is excited to welcome visitors back, both old and new.”Hannah Bryan, Director of Visitor Experience for the NVM
Since the lockdown, the UK National Video Game Museum has also delivered a popular online programme. The programme saw its learning activities made freely available for those at home. These accessible outreach activities made their programmes available to more people than ever and won the Kids in Museum’s Family Friendly Museum Award from Home. The Museum has also been featured in many international news outlets for its ongoing Animal Crossing Diaries project.
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