Fife's libraries, museums and galleries confirm re-opening date

Fife’s libraries, museums and galleries are counting down to re-opening as lockdown restrictions ease.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 5:11 pm

OnFife is preparing to open its doors from Monday, April 26.

The update comes as the Scottish Government prepares for the biggest date yet in the route map out of lockdown with the re-opening on non essential shops, hospitality sector and museums and libraries.

OnFife, the arm’s length trust which runs a host of venues across the region, is working on a summer programme with Fife Council Fife Sports &and Leisure and Fife Coast and Countryside which will be unveiled soon.

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Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery is set to re-open later this month

And it is also looking forward to re-connecting with its customers.

Library services, which returned last month with ‘connect and collect’ services will re-open for limited browsing again from the 26th.

There will also be controlled access into branches to select books, use public access PCs and other basic offerings such as photocopying, printing and collecting batteries for hearing aids.

Museums and local studies will also welcome customers for the first time this year.

They start with three family-friendly exhibitions – Explore! at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (from 26th) and Blooming Marvellous at Kirkcaldy Galleries (Tuesday 27th).

Art-tastic will open at St Andrews Museum as soon as current building work allows.

Visits must be pre-booked and numbers will be limited.

Michelle Sweeney, director of creative development., said: “Much has changed over the last year but what hasn’t is the desire to reconnect and be entertained again so we’re really looking forward to welcoming our audiences back with activities designed to make them laugh, sing and forget about life for a while.She paid tribute to the venue’s teams who worked so hard online during the pandemic.

Michelle added: “They have done incredible work over the last few months with curating virtual exhibitions but while online can give a sense of a painting or exhibit, you can’t beat standing in front of it in a gallery or museum.

“And with holidaying-at-home on the horizon this summer, as well as visitors coming to Fife, our galleries and museums are the perfect places to help fill your days.”

Details of reopening and updates can be found at www.onfife.com

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