The Manx Museum in Douglas will continue to open seven days a week all year round after a successful trial.

Since April 2018 the museum has opened on Sundays to test if it would attract enough visitors.

In Tynwald Department for Enterprise member Rob Callister (Onchan) said: ’The trial demonstrated that there is a clear demand for the Manx Museum to be opened on Sundays.’

He told members that between April 1, 2018, and February 28 2019, the museum had seen 8,166 visitors on Sundays and had shown ’no adverse effect’ on the numbers of visitors to other, paid for attractions. He added the additional opening of the museum had ’brought people to Douglas’.

However, Jason Moorhouse (Arbory, Castletown and Malew) said while he supported the additional opening hours, he was ’concerned’ by the closure of other Manx National Heritage sites from November to April every year.

Mr Callister responded: ’We are working to open these attractions for longer periods throughout the year but that will tie in to the overall strategy of our tourism sector in order to bring to more visitors.

’The more visitors we bring here the more attractions will open which will give these activities and the facilities to our locals as well.’

Source: IoMToday