Museums and galleries in NSW prepare to reopen

On 20 May, the NSW Government announced that museums, galleries and libraries in NSW could reopen to the public from 1 June, with appropriate measures in place to ensure a safe environment to work in, and to visit.

Since then, Create NSW has been working on resources to support the sector, and has released a survey so we can better understand how different museums and galleries across urban and regional NSW are responding to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

Industry Guidelines for Museums and Galleries: The guidelines developed by NSW Health for museums, galleries, and libraries to support the development of a safety plan for reopening can be found here.

Create Connects Webinar

Last week Create NSW presented Museum and Gallery Reopening webinar: Information for the Sector with guests from NSW Health, the Art Gallery of NSW, and Newcastle Museum. The presenters and guests discussed new amendments to Public Health Orders, the checklist from NSW Health to support museums and galleries create their reopening plan, and case studies from the Art Gallery of NSW and the Newcastle Museum. We encourage museum and gallery staff to watch this webinar, particularly for important advice from NSW Health, and major institutions.

Watch the video here.

For further advice about libraries please visit the State Library of NSW website.

Create NSW Galleries and Museums Reopening Survey

Create NSW has developed a survey to track how organisations in the sector are responding to reopening. We understand that some museums and galleries may need to take time to develop a safety plan, and to retrain staff and volunteers before opening to the public. If you run a gallery or museum in NSW, we want to hear from you and find out your concerns. We invite you to please take our survey.

Published: 5 June 2020