As we are forced to close for the third time this year, we need your help more than ever...
2020 continues to be a really tough year for so many people, here in the UK and around the world.
At the Charles Dickens Museum, we have put all our energy into meeting each challenge that the pandemic has presented, and our staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly – with remarkable optimism and good cheer – to adapt to new circumstances and to ensure that the Museum and its wonderful collections are secure now and for many years to come.
Since re-opening again two weeks ago – bedecked in our splendid festive finery – we’ve been delighted to welcome visitors back to our COVID-secure Museum and to share the extraordinary experience of being in the house where Dickens and his family lived and where Dickens established himself as a writer and rocketed to worldwide fame.
For many people, a visit to the Charles Dickens Museum is a special part of their Christmas celebrations, and it gives us great pleasure to share the delights of Doughty Street and the joy of the festive season, a time that Dickens loved and that will forever be associated with Dickens through his most famous work, A Christmas Carol.
We are, therefore, absolutely heartbroken to be forced to close again as London enters Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions from Wednesday 16th December 2020. This will be the first Christmas since the Second World War that the door of 48 Doughty Street will remain closed.
As an independent Museum that relies on visitors coming through the door to generate most of our income, this is another blow in a year of hard knocks.
If you have already booked tickets to visit the Museum in December, we will be in touch directly about rescheduling your visit. We understand that the Government will review the situation again on 30th December, and we will keep our website updated as things develop.
BUT there is also some good news: our virtual events will continue as planned, and our online shop remains very much open (including for Click & Collect)!
As always, thank you for your understanding and support. Good wishes to all of you and yours, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon
Until then, to paraphrase Dickens, we will honour Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all the year.
14th December 2020