The Box

Plymouth's major new museum, gallery and archive is the flagship building for the Mayflower 400 commemorations and is set to open on 29 September 2020.

The Box will open with three major exhibitions:

Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy: The largest commemorative Mayflower exhibition in history will include over 300 objects and has been co-curated with the Wampanoag Native American Advisory Committee.

Making It: An international contemporary art exhibition featuring newly-commissioned works by Antony Gormley, Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes and Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha.

Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools: Curated in partnership with The Arts Institute at the University of Plymouth and Royal Museums Greenwich, and will present a three-channel film work by American artist Kehinde Wiley in The Levinsky Gallery.

Nine permanent galleries will also showcase The Box's incredible collections and will include 14 monumental ships' figureheads, thousands of natural history specimens, a full-sized woolly mammoth replica, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics from the city's art collections, objects, film and photography from its media collections and documents, maps and plans from its archives.

In preparation for opening, The Box has put a number of safety and social distancing measures in place to help visitors feel as comfortable as possible. These include:

  • Free admission by advance ticket only, with an easy-to-follow booking system here (tickets can be booked from 10 September)
  • Reduced capacity and clearly-marked one-way systems in key areas of circulation
  • Increased invigilation by staff and volunteers
  • Hand-sanitising facilities and enhanced cleaning
  • A temporary reduction in on-site events alongside an enhanced digital offer

Read more about The Box here.

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