The Museum of Transport Greater Manchester has announced that it will reopen from Saturday 26 September. The move follows several months of enforced COVID-19 shutdown, and marks a return to access to the public for Greater Manchester’s museum telling the story of road passenger transport.
Opening will initially be on Saturdays and Sundays only, with groups limited to no more than six people and a maximum of two children per adult. There’ll be one-way routes in some parts of the museum, and contact details will be recorded in case of a need to track and trace; but no pre-booking will be needed.
Limited lifting of restrictions in recent weeks has allowed Museum volunteers to make some improvements to the Museum’s displays, as spokesman Paul Williams explained: “there are jobs that are hard to do when we’re open to the public, so we’ve been able to progress some of these since we’ve allowed staff to come back to the Museum in limited numbers.
“Some of the work has been behind the scenes to improve the security and condition of our building, a 1928 former bus garage, but we’ve also made some changes that the public will notice and hopefully like. We don’t want to say just yet what we’ve done, we’ll save them as a little surprise for opening day, but we want people to come back to us again and enjoy what they see and do.”
The Museum has been awarded Visit England’s ‘Good to Go’ certification to recognise the Museum’s adheres to Government and public health guidance in its reopening programme.
The Museum, in Boyle Street, Cheetham, contains over 70 vintage buses and other vehicles, and is part of the region’s ‘Hidden 8’ network of smaller visitor attractions that help Greater Manchester be a major tourism hub attracting 119 million visits a year*.