Tullie House is to reopen its doors to the public after it was forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The museum and art gallery, based on Castle Street in Carlisle city centre, will reopen on Tuesday following the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions.
The popular attraction will be hosting exciting new exhibitions and a programme of activities for the summer months.
Tullie House will be reopening with Driggsby, A Whale’s Tale, a new exhibition curated by schoolchildren of West Cumbria. It tells the imaginary story of Driggsby the fin whale in its quest to save the seas. It’s a timely exhibition full of vibrant colour and content to kickstart the museum’s summer programme.
Anna Smalley, head of collections and engagement at Tullie House said: “We have been working on the ‘Whale Tales’ project for over two years now, and we are so pleased that the wonderful work of the pupils, teachers and family members who participated in this special project is finally going to be displayed pride of place in our art gallery.
“This exhibition is a journey of discovery, a celebration of creativity and an exciting exploration of our marine heritage.”
The museum is asking visitors to book their visit to the new exhibition online where timed booking slots of 90 minutes will soon be available, to help with COVID-19 safety. These slots can also be booked at reception upon arrival. Visitors to the museum should report to reception as usual for general admission to the rest of the galleries.
Gill Hewgill, visitor experience manager at Tullie House added: “We can’t wait to welcome visitors back to Tullie House, it’s been great to receive so many supportive messages from our visitors during lockdown. Thank you for your continued support.”
The cafe at Tullie House will also resume full service on May 18.