We have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the multi-award winning museums Discovery Point and Verdant Works following the announcement by the Scottish Government that Dundee is to remain in Tier 3. Both venues will be closed to the public from 16:30 on Wednesday 11th November. We will be reviewing the closure at the beginning of December.
Both venues had to close earlier in the year due to the UK wide lockdown and remained closed for four months. An initial limited reopening on 17th July was followed by a full reopening on August 12th, providing visitors the chance to once again explore and learn of Dundee’s incredible history.
The initial closure happened during what is traditionally the busiest months of the year for visitor attractions. Verdant Works and Discovery Point were particularly badly hit by the closure due to the fact Dundee Heritage Trust is an independent charity which is over 98% self-funded.
The next few weeks would normally be very busy for us in our gift shops with people looking for those unique gifts for Christmas. We are happy to launch our online shop with an exciting range of bespoke and themed gifts ideal for colleagues, clients, friends and family.
Message from Deirdre Robertson, our CEO: “Sadly the impact on our visitor numbers from the Tier 3 designation for Dundee has been dramatic. Following reopening in July we have been overwhelmed by the support of the local community, and indeed those from further afield. In these uncertain times things change daily though and now, understandably, people are wary of venturing out and this combined with travel restrictions across the country has resulted in the very hard choice of temporary closing once again. These uncertain times really do impact on our hard working and dedicated staff and volunteers. I would urge anyone who would like to find out how to support the work we do to visit our websites, online shop or social media and give what you can at this time to help us tell the incredible story of Dundee for now and for many generations to come.”
There is no denying we are in difficult and uncertain times and we would ask you to please consider donating to us at our online donations page.