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Director's Desk

Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

Reopening to a new normal

Dear Friends,

It has been quite a challenging time, and also quite a sad one to see the museum empty. Together we have all dealt with difficulties the lockdown and corona crisis as best as we could. That we were safe and healthy at home was important.

Although the museum has been closed to visitors for almost 9 months, we are happy to share that all staff were retained, and received their full salaries even during total closure. In July we opened for internal work. Our digital outreach has been totally revolutionized during this period. We have been offering innovative experiences to young people for learning, reaching out to more than 3000 students with active class room engagements. We took the museum to school!

A new online interpretation of the collection on social media platforms has been an important initiative, and we look forward to continuing to build upon these efforts.

It is a sincere pleasure to be able to welcome you back to the museum. We have missed our visitors, communities and friends. We are happy to share that the LD Museum has reopened for visitors from the 16th of January. There are new rules to ensure the safety of all, while still enjoying the museum collections and exploring the galleries. As required by the safety protocols, 20 visitors would be allowed at a time inside the museum building. Currently three galleries would be opened.

Both staff and visitors will have to wear masks, and you will be encouraged to keep distance between each other. Guided tours would be available only on the weekends for a group not larger than ten. Visiting the museum will not be dangerous at all. Our galleries are sanitised twice in a day, and there will be no large school groups permitted.

Seating is provided in all the galleries. A safe place to bring senior citizens. The museum visit will help get you out of isolation. The artefacts teach, inspire and bring joy. Art has the power to unify, heal and bring comfort. It connects us to our past, hones our sense of belonging to a common culture and uplifts our soul to the beauty of human creation. We assure you your visit to the museum will be enriching. We so look forward to welcoming you back.

We hope in the months ahead, we are able to adapt to the new normal together. We invite you to join us, find hope and inspiration through art, and look forward to brighter days in 2021

With warm wishes,
Sujata Parsai
Director, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum and the NC Mehta Gallery.
January 2021