Planning your visit

Use this page to help plan a visit to the museum.


As Covid restrictions are lifted we want to make sure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible so some measures will continue: 

  • Our staff will give visitors extra space and we encourage visitors to respect others’ space 
  • We support staff and visitors who would like to continue wearing face coverings in the museum, but this is optional 
  • We will monitor numbers to ensure the museum does not become too crowded. 
  • We will maintain increased cleaning in public areas. 

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus or you have tested positive for Covid-19, please do not visit the museum. 

Opening hours

Monday10am - 5pm
Tuesday10am - 5pm
Wednesday10am - 5pm
Thursday10am - 5pm
Friday10am - 5pm
Saturday10am - 4pm
Sunday11am - 4pm

No need to book, just drop in. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing time.

The Library is open Monday - Thursday, 10am - 2pm. 

On weekday mornings during term time the museum if often busy with school groups. If you would like a quieter experience, we recommend visiting after 2.30pm.

Visitor announcements

  • The Mouse House is currently closed for essential maintenance, reopening Saturday 21 May 2022. We apologise for the disappointment caused.

During your visit

  • Find out about accessibility at the museum.
  • Our café is open, serving hot and cold refreshments. 
  • During the school holidays, we provide an indoor picnic space. 
  • Please help us maintain hygiene and protect our collections by not eating or drinking in any other area of the museum. 
  • Our shop is a great place to pick up a memento of your visit with a range of products from dinosaur soft toys to books covering a range of the subjects explored in the museum.
  • Find out more about our exhibitions and events.

School groups

If you wish to bring a school or college group to the museum in the spring or summer, please contact the Learning team who will be able to discuss your visit requirements directly with you. 


Your support

This remains a very difficult time for us. Help us ensure art, culture and heritage continue to make a positive impact in our region.  

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Thank you!