Opening Times

We are delighted to be reopening our doors on Tuesday 18th May. 

Initially, our opening hours will be Tuesday – Friday 10.30-4.30 with last admission at 4pm. 

Our Tea Room will also be reopening and will be open Tuesday – Friday 10.30-3.30, with a takeaway service also available.                 Click here for more details.

Opening times for the museum and tea room may be subject to change so please check the website before you visit.

We will not be operating a booking system but visitor numbers will be limited so at busy times it may be necessary to queue but we will do our best to keep this to a minimum. We have taken various measures to ensure your safety during your visit including; increased cleaning regime; sanitiser points throughout the museum and protective screens around our reception and retail areas. To see our COVID risk assessment in full please click here.

To minimise touch-points we won’t be handing out museum maps on entry so if you would like to download or print your own copy before arrival please click here..

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Research Appointments

Our library will reopen on Tuesday 25th May and will be open Tuesday to Friday 10.30-1.00. 

If you would like to conduct research in the library it will be necessary to book at least a week in advance by emailing We will be unable to take bookings over the phone and will not be able to allow access without a prior booking.

Please note that we will be unable to provide paper and pencils so please bring your own along with you.


Please note that dogs (except for support dogs) are not allowed in the museum or the art gallery.