A great time to visit – or not

Art galleries and museums are always saying they want to attract more families, and get children interested in art at a young age.
So what could be better if you’re off work with the family this week than to head off to a gallery and take in the current exhibition? The local authority-owned galleries in this area are all in town/city centres too so you could even combine it with a bit of sales shopping.
But no. Because despite the fact that many people are currently in the middle of a good 10 or so days off, and most shops have been open during the bank holiday, a lot of galleries are only open a short length of time, so you could end up disappointed.


Art galleries and museums are always saying they want to attract more families, and get children interested in art at a young age.
So what could be better if you’re off work with the family this week than to head off to a gallery and take in the current exhibition? The local authority-owned galleries in this area are all in town/city centres too so you could even combine it with a bit of sales shopping.
But no. Because despite the fact that many people are currently in the middle of a good 10 or so days off, and most shops have been open during the bank holiday, a lot of galleries are only open a short length of time, so you could end up disappointed.
This week The Herbert in Coventry is open December 29, 30 and 31, but closed then until Tuesday, January 4. Leamington Spa and Rugby’s council-run art galleries are only opening on Thursday and Friday this week, then get back to normal next Tuesday. Nuneaton’s Museum and Art Gallery has been closed since Christmas Eve, and reopens on the afternoon of Sunday, January 2.
Over in Birmingham, the Ikon is also shut all this week, reopening on Sunday, and the Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum is open this Thursday and Friday, then Sunday.
I’m not suggesting everyone will fancy rushing off to see an art exhibition first thing on January 1, and I’m sure the costs of staffing galleries is the issue, but with families shut at home together all over Christmas, surely more days open during the school holidays would have been a good idea for all?

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