London’s iconic venue welcomes back visitors from Saturday, July 4
The Garden Museum and Cafe will reopen to the public after lockdown on Saturday, July 4 from – 10.30am to 5pm every day.
The museum, on Lambeth Palace Road, will open with the much anticipated new exhibition Derek Jarman: My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon. All visitors, including Friends of the Garden Museum, must book a ticket online in advance, which will include timed entry to the exhibition.
In the gallery, designer Jeremy Herbert has recreated the rooms of Jarman’s iconic fisherman’s cottage to display Jarman’s paintings and sculptures, and artifacts from his gardening life.
Book timed slots in advance
Visitor numbers inside are limited because of social distancing, so you must book a half-hour slot. Before and after your time slot in the exhibition, you can spend as much time as you like exploring the rest of the museum and garden.
There is a new online booking system in place. If you have any technical problems, try placing your order in a different web browser.
Before you visit read the Visitors’ Charter and Q&As to ensure your visit to the museum is safe and enjoyable.
The Garden Cafe will be open but only for takeaway to begin with. Head Chef George Ryle has created a menu of seasonal salads and sandwiches on homemade focaccia.
Fresh bread, pastries and cakes will be baked every morning and there’ll be a small selection of take-home dishes. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available along with cold beer and natural wine by the glass.
Public appeal to save museum
Donations have enabled the museum to reopen and host the Derek Jarman exhibition. However, the appeal continues, as £370,000 needs to be raised by the end of this financial year in order to stay open and to get the programmes of education, public events, research, and future exhibitions started again.
In September, Director Christopher Woodward is swimming the 50 miles from the artists’ colony of Newlyn in Cornwall to the gardeners’ paradise of Tresco to raise funds.
If you’d like to sponsor him, visit www.gardenmuseum.org.uk.