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Museums in and around city prepare to reopen

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The necessary precautions would be put in place to reduce Covid-19 risks for staff and visitors.

The McGregor Museum in Atlas Street in Kimberley. Picture: Lance Fredericks

MUSEUMS in and around Kimberley that fall under the management of the McGregor Museum will be reopening to the public soon.

According to a statement from the museum management, the necessary precautions would be put in place to reduce Covid-19 risks for staff and visitors.

Museums will only open for a limited number of hours per day until further notice.

The first museum to welcome back visitors will be the McGregor Museum in Atlas Street, which will be open on weekdays from September 1 from 9am to 2pm.

Visitors are encouraged to book visits in advance by contacting the museum at 053 839 2700/ 839 2724/ 839 2735 or by e-mailing [email protected]

Four of the museum’s satellite museums will open from September 14. These will open on weekdays from 9am to 2pm. Visitors are also requested to book in advance.

The Magersfontein Battlefield Museum can be contacted on 053 833 7115, Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Site on 053 839 2747, Duggan-Cronin Photographic Gallery on 053 839 2743 and Wonderwerk Cave on 087 310 4356.

E-mail enquiries for all sites can also be directed to [email protected]

All visitors will be screened prior to entry and the wearing of face masks will be mandatory. Visitors who refuse to wear face masks will be denied entry. Persons above the age of 60 years or those with comorbidities are discouraged from visiting museums until all lockdown restrictions have been removed.

“We look forward to welcoming back our visitors and hope that local audiences will take this opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the museum, exploring some of its popular exhibitions in what will be a much quieter environment,” the museum management said in a statement.