Reopening Update


After months of lockdown and uncertainty, work is now in full flow to get the museum ready to reopen after our major refurbishment. Inevitably, there has been some delay to the project as we have navigated the COVID-19 crisis and created new ways of ensuring the safety of the public and our team while bringing you the very best museum that our multi-million-pound refurbishment can offer. We are now on track to open our doors this Autumn, with a reimagined immersive visitor experience and 11 new galleries showing how people have triumphed over disease – and how we can keep making our world better, together.

You might have noticed that we’ve given the museum brand a makeover – but that is just the start of something very special. Our museum will be a place to pay fitting tribute to our Health Heroes and to inspire the next generation. Just like the story it tells, making the museum has been an inspiring effort by a great many people – not only in our team but drawn from all parts of the community, healthcare and medicine. We don’t want to spoil the surprise too much, but, over the next few months we will be sharing the odd sneak preview, so you can be as excited as us to see the new museum.

In the meantime, there are plenty of ways that you can keep in touch or even be part of the story. Follow @thackraymuseum across Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to take part in our online workshops or share your own experiences of the pandemic with our growing Coronavirus collection. Check out our new Health Heroes website and submit your story to celebrate the health heroes in your life. We are starting to take bookings for groups and school visits, so if you want to make a booking or just get some advice on visiting safely, we would love to hear from you.

Just like the story we tell, we are better together.

The project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Thackray Medical Research Trust, Wolfson Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation  and Foyle Foundation.