Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery will be opening its buildings next week to welcome back visitors.

The popular attraction will be hosting exciting new exhibitions and a programme of activities for the summer months.

The reopening on Tuesday 18 May follows the Government’s announcement that the further easing of lockdown will allow museums and other arts and entertainment to receive visitors once again. Tullie House, whose gardens have been open and serving takeaway refreshments since mid-April, will be reopening its galleries and temporary exhibition spaces in accordance with covid safety guidelines.

Tullie’s reopening will be a particular boost to families who will be able to use the free children’s admission and use their adult admission to return as often as they like - making the cost of visiting the award-winning museum less than 20p a week.

And with staycation numbers set to soar again this year Tullie is ready to play its part in encouraging tourists to spend time in Carlisle. 
The Museum will be reopening with Driggsby, A Whale’s Tale, a fantastical new exhibition curated by school children 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 & Engagement at Tullie House says: “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 this special new exhibition online where timed booking slots of 90 minutes will be offered very soon, 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 says: “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 18 May. The café has been restricted to serving takeaways from the garden terrace but proprietors John Watt & Son will at last get the chance to serve a full menu once again.

The Museum has continued with Covid-safety measures to keep everyone safe. Visitors unfamiliar with the museum can view the what to expect video hosted on the website.

For the latest details on opening times and admission prices, please visit this section of the website.

As a charity Tullie House relies heavily on admissions income and on the generosity of funders, donors, patrons and members.  Since mid-March income has been severely impacted. Support Tullie House here.