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Passport scheme for museum explorers

Published on Friday, May 27, 2016

A SCHEME to encourage people to explore more of Leicester’s museums this summer will  be launched during next week’s schools’ half term break.

From Wednesday (June 1), visitors to any of the city’s museums will be able to pick up a free passport that will help them discover some of the fascinating items in the museums' collections and spot some of the quirky architectural features of Leicester's historic museum buildings.

At the end of each visit, museum staff will put a special stamp in visitors’ passports. As soon as passport-holders have visited at least four of the city’s museums – and collected four stamps – they will receive a certificate.

There will also be a city schools' challenge, with a prize for the school with the highest number of students that manage to complete their museums passport.

Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “There is always something new to discover during a trip to one of the city’s fantastic museums.

“The museum passport scheme is a great way to encourage families to visit all of the city’s museums and find out more about the fascinating collections and buildings that house them.”

Passports can be collected from Abbey Pumping Station, Newarke Houses Museum, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, the Guildhall, Jewry Wall Museum and Belgrave Hall and Gardens.

Museum explorers can pick up their first passport stamp during a family launch event at Belgrave Hall and Gardens on Wednesday, June 1. The event runs from 11am until 4pm.

The museum passport scheme runs until August 31.

More information about Leicester’s museums is available at www.visitleicester.info/museums