Thackray Museum of Medicine, which was last year shortlisted as Art Fund’s Museum of the Year, is set to hold an open weekend in partnership with the National Lottery on the 26th and 27th March. It’s all about saying thank you for the £30m raised by National Lottery players for good causes every week.
Thackray has also recently benefited from a £4 million refit thanks to National Lottery funding, reopening its doors in summer 2021 after an extended closure.
On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March, anyone with a valid National Lottery ticket or scratchcard will be able to visit the museum for free – the perfect chance to explore the new galleries and exhibitions added since its closure. The new galleries tell a rich story of healthcare – from herbal remedies in apothecaries to genetically modified medicine – with displays including recreated Victorian streets and a 19th-century operating theatre. Current exhibitions comprise ‘Periods: A Brief Jaunt Up North’, a stigma-busting collaboration with London’s Vagina Museum, and ‘Can Robots Care?’, which explores the facts, fictions and futures of robots designed for care.
Nat Edwards, CEO of Thackray Museum of Medicine said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in The National Lottery Open Week this year by opening up our doors on the weekend of the 26th and 27th March to National Lottery players. We’ve been fortunate to receive National Lottery funding, which has enabled us to create a museum fit for a diverse, 21st-century audience. Our open weekend is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket, helped us on our journey and made a vital contribution to supporting good causes. We’re excited to welcome you to our magnificent museum and show you what it has to offer!”
Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England and Chair of the National Lottery Forum said: “The National Lottery Open Week is a fantastic opportunity for hundreds of venues and projects across the UK to say thanks to players who raise £30 million each week for good causes. The UK is world-renowned for its rich and vibrant culture, and with so many incredible sites across sport, heritage, film, community and the arts sectors taking part in Open Week this year, National Lottery players are spoilt for choice when it comes to a great day out.”
To discover more participating venues, insider tips and how to redeem offers for The National Lottery Open Week visit www.nationallotteryopenweek.com.
Terms and conditions and booking instructions across special offers will vary, check the individual offer listing for details.