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Passport scheme to reward young museum explorers

Published on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

YOUNGSTERS will be given an extra incentive to discover Leicester’s museums this summer.

From the beginning of July, young explorers can collect a free passport and start collecting stamps by visiting the city’s museums.

At the end of each visit, museum staff will mark the passport with a special stamp. As soon as the young explorers have visited at least four museums – and collected four stamps – they will receive a prize.

Stamps can also be collected at Belgrave Hall and Gardens summer events, or from the Open 28 art exhibition at the Old Library Gallery on Belvoir Street.

Last year, almost 3,000 youngsters completed their museum passports over the schools’ summer holiday.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, said: “The museums passport is always popular with our younger visitors. Summer is the perfect time to explore more of what’s on offer at the city’s fantastic museums. We hope the passport scheme continues to encourage families to do that.”

The museum passport scheme runs from Saturday 1 July until Thursday 31 August.

Passports can be picked up from Abbey Pumping Station, Newarke Houses, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery and the Guildhall.

Open 28, the city’s annual showcase of local artistic talent, runs from 8 July to 26 August, at the Old Library Gallery, Leicester Adult Education College, Belvoir Street.

Jewry Wall Museum will close its doors from 30 July, ahead of a major refurbishment.

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