Welcome back to Stockport’s Museums

Stockport's museums will be reopening from Wednesday 19th May

Looking for a way to entertain your little ones…or just yourself? As the next stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown from 17th May, Stockport’s museums are excited to welcome back visitors. The sites have been closed recently due to the pandemic, but, from Wednesday 19th May, they will be throwing open their doors and welcoming visitors to learn about the fascinating history of the borough.

First to reopen are Bramall Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters and Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. Visitors will get to explore a slice of history through the exciting buildings and collections on display.

Stockport Museum and Staircase House are expected to reopen in summer 2021: look out for a date to be confirmed soon. The Hat Works Museum remains closed for refurbishment for now.

Of course, vital precautions have been taken to ensure that the museums can open in a way that is safe for everyone. Visitors will now be required to purchase timed tickets online before their visit. Tickets can be booked here. Please note that without a pre-booked ticket, admission to the museums cannot be guaranteed.

A number of other safety measures will be in place for your visit to the museums, including operating a reduced capacity and one-way system. Hand sanitising stations have been installed at the entry and exit of the museum: please take advantage of these during your visit. Face coverings must be worn at all times when inside the museums.

Peter Ashworth, Head of Culture and Leisure at Stockport Council, said: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome people back to our unique and wonderful sites – we’ve missed visitors so much! All of our teams have been working hard to ensure that the museums will be safe and secure environments, so that everyone can have a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

“There are so many fascinating collections to explore, detailing the rich history of Stockport. Come along and find out something new about where you live!”

Opening dates and times are as follows:

From 19 May – Bramall Hall – Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday – 11am-4.30pm

From 20 May – Stockport Air Raid Shelters and Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery – Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 10am-5pm

For further information and tickets to the museums, visit www.stockport.gov.uk.