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Tomorrow (Sunday) will be the last day of this year’s seven-day opening at Arran Heritage Museum, Rosaburn, Brodick.
While previously closed during the winter, the museum committee last year decided to experiment with opening during the off-season months and they have opted to repeat that this year. As a result, the museum from next week will be open from 11am to 3.30pm on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only.
Careful study of the trial has shown that although the number of visitors was greatly reduced, there was sufficient turnover to more than cover the outlay, and Café Rosaburn was also able to offer its usual enticing refreshments and snacks.
The financial aspect was most important as the museum is totally dependent upon admissions, shop sales, donations and membership fees for its income, receiving no regular funding from outside bodies.
However, the museum’s analysis of last year’s results indicated negligible demand for opening in December and January. The museum therefore will be closed from Saturday November 30, re-opening with the reduced hours on Wednesday February 5, before returning to seven-day opening on Wednesday April 1 2020.