Welcoming Albertans back to provincial museums

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The Royal Alberta Museum is reopening on May 16, and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is reopening on May 22.

The Alberta government’s relaunch strategy puts safety first and Albertans are asked to continue to take the proper precautions and follow public health guidelines when visiting museums.

“We know Albertans are craving those regular activities, like going out to museums, and we understand how important it is for people to safely get back to their everyday lives. We are excited that this can be a part of the transition for Albertans. Our museums are following cleaning guidelines and capacity limits, as well as informing visitors how they can participate so we can make this a successful relaunch.”

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

Changes to keep visitors and staff safe

Visitors are encouraged to go to the museums’ websites and purchase pre-booked, timed tickets for their visit. Timed tickets will help stagger visitors entering the museums and help meet the new reduced capacity limits. Visitors will not be able to enter the museums without pre-booking.

Both museums’ reopening plans include reduced operating hours and reduced capacity limits in their galleries. Distancing measures, more access to hand sanitizers and new procedures for staff will help keep the museums safe for all.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the museums’ websites for more information about their reopening, the status of galleries (for example, the Children’s Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum and the Learning Lounge at the Royal Tyrrell Museum will be closed), as well as the guidelines all visitors should follow.

Visitor guidelines

  • Do not visit the Royal Alberta Museum or Royal Tyrrell Museum if you are exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 or feeling unwell.
  • Continue to follow the alberta.ca/COVID19 guidelines regarding handwashing, physical distancing and good hygiene.
  • Visitors are encouraged to wear non-medical masks when out in public places where keeping a distance of two metres is difficult.
  • Make use of the hand sanitizer stations and handwashing facilities located throughout the museum.Look, but don’t touch.
  • Be patient – please don’t crowd around exhibits. Practise physical distancing guidelines and wait your turn.
  • Follow all posted directional or instructional signage.

Additional historic sites reviewing reopening

Alberta’s historic sites are reviewing their operations and determining if they can safely and responsibly reopen to the public. For more information, please visit history.alberta.ca.

Reduced admission prices for opening weekend and weekdays

From opening day to June 30, both the Royal Alberta Museum and the Royal Tyrrell Museum will be offering a 20 per cent discount on opening weekend and weekdays. The discount reflects the changes to the visitor experience that are necessary to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff. The discount applies to regular one-day admissions. Please visit both museums’ websites for full details.

Guidance for museums and art galleries

Museums and art galleries are part of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy and are permitted to reopen on May 14. The new Alberta Biz Connect website provides museum and gallery owners and operators with information on health and safety guidelines.

Note: To assist in managing capacity, we ask media outlets interested in reporting from the museums during opening weekend to contact the Royal Alberta Museum at 780-720-1194, and the Royal Tyrrell Museum at 403-820-6208 to book a walk-through.