Museums & Galleries Re-Open

We have missed our visitors over the last months and would like to offer you a warm welcome back and hope that as time progresses, we can return to normal conditions. We thank you in advance for your patience in using our services during the initial period of service, where we are introducing systems and processes that are new to us and to you. Please know that we are working hard to deliver services in these unusual circumstances, and would ask that members show kindness and understanding to our staff throughout this period of change.

Our museum and gallery spaces have now re-opened and these are:

The Baird Institute, Cumnock

Some of the wonders on display include collections of Mauchline Ware of world importance complimented by many items of Cumnock Pottery, a room dedicated to the life of James Keir Hardie founder of the Labour Party, and the 'Castles in A Landscape' exhibition in the Barony Gallery, which is now extended until next year.

Burns House Museum, Mauchline

The museum’s Robert Burns Collection is officially recognised as being of national significance as part of the wider collections cared for by the Museums of the Burns Scotland Partnership.

The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

Visitors can explore the V&A’s Art of Selling Songs exhibition in the main gallery which draws on the V&A’s long standing collection of music graphics. Andy Warhol’s iconic imagery for the Rolling Stones and Jamie Reid’s punk collages for the Sex Pistols feature amongst 80 iconic works.  

The Johnnie Walker exhibition in the South Museum has treasured historical artefacts from the roots of the world’s number one Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker which are on display for the first time in 200 years in the town where it all began. The North Museum houses Dean Castle’s fabulous and important collections of early musical instruments, arms & armour and tapestries whilst the Castle remains closed for renovation and repairs.

The Café is also open so stop in for a coffee and a sweet treat during your visit.

  • You must wear a mask when visiting any of our venues (other than those with exemptions);
  • You will be asked to provide your contact details on entering our venues to support the Scottish Government’s Trace and Protect initiative. Please complete the form, ensure you put a date on it and place it in the Trace and Protect box on the counter;
  • We will be limiting the numbers of visitors to our venues so please be patient if there is a queue;
  • Please observe physical distancing and help protect yourself, other customers and staff.
  • More detailed information and opening times for each venues can be found by clicking on the links below

The Baird Institute   Burns House Museum  The Dick Institute

Onsite we have introduced distancing systems with sanitisation stations at the point of entry and exit for customers to make use of, one way systems to follow inside the venues and additional cleaning is also taking place throughout the day.

We ask that if you develop any symptoms associated with COVID-19 prior to your visit that you refrain from entering any of our venues. Should you develop any symptoms following your collection that you inform us immediately to allow contact tracing. You can do this by contacting the Dick Institute on 01563 554310. 

Please note that whilst the Burns Monument Centre is not open for public visits, enquiries and local history enquiries can still can be made by phone or email - more details can be found by clicking below

The Burns Monument Centre

Please take note of the following information & safety measures and ensure that they are adhered to at all times.

 Arrival/Departure

  • Please give your details to a staff member on arrival;
  • You should follow all signposted instructions and one-way systems;
  • It is your responsibility to observe the 2-metre social distancing rule from others.

As outlined, until we are able to entirely resume normal service, we have introduced these control measures which must be adhered to at all times to keep customers and staff as safe as possible. We need your support and patience in these difficult times and we hope you will respect that our staff are keen to assist but East Ayrshire Leisure will not allow staff to be placed in a position of unacceptable risk.  The information above has been prepared to meet the Scottish Government guidance and legislation. East Ayrshire Leisure reserve the right to remove any individual who is found to be knowingly in breach of the guidance or the spirit of this guidance and will not hesitate to do so.

Finally, please be reassured that we will be carefully monitoring the implementation and impact of these controls and will amend and improve practice for the benefit of all wherever and whenever possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read this guidance, and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our venues

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