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We are Family Friendly!!!

We pride ourselves on being a friendly, welcoming museum where families can enjoy time together, learning, or having fun!  We hope the below information is useful but please do let us know if you need any further information prior to your visit.  Our staff and volunteers are always happy to help and will go above and beyond to make your time here enjoyable.  

We are signed up to the kids in museums Mini Manifesto


What will it cost my family to visit this Summer?

  Free stuff Small charges where applicable
Admission Admission is free, this includes all the exhibitions and fun activities to do in each room None
The Beach The beach is always free, this includes our sandy play area and garden games None
Craft activities We will always have a fun free craft activity on offer Some weeks there will be a more detailed craft activity on offer with a small suggested donation of £1.  On these weeks we will still offer a free craft too!
Trails We will always have a free trail for children to do None
Where can I eat? You are welcome to bring a picnic and eat it anywhere in the museum!  We have designated picnic areas in the gardens and courtyard.  Our Tea Room offers extremely competitive prices and a family of 4 can eat lunch for around £11
Special events We have lots of fun free special events including Emergency Services Week, Woodies Wings on 2nd August, Toys and Games Week including a model railway and Teddy Bears Picnic, and fun sports activities in the final week of the summer holiday. 

A few activities we are running during the summer from 22nd July have a small charge.  These are optional each day and all of the other free activities will also run that day.  The charged activities are: Jumping Clay-make a clay owl or ladybird on 2nd August (Woodies’ Wings are also here that day and admission to see them is free!) Pirate Gold Digging 16th August and Sand Art 23rd August

Opening times

During the six week holiday 22nd July to 31st August the museum will be open Monday through to Saturday with the exception of Bank Holiday Monday. Our opening times are 10am to 4pm (last admission 3:30pm)

During term time the museum is open Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm (last admission 3:30pm) .

Tea Room

Our Tea Room is open from 11am to 3pm on days when the the museum is open.  It serves drinks, cakes, sandwiches and light bites.  The Tea Room also offers children's lunchboxes with healthy options.  The Tea Room is run by The Friends of the Museum and completely staffed by volunteers.  All profits are fed directly back into museum events, activities and projects. On special event days you might find out friendly volunteers in costume serving home made cakes!  The Tea Room is currently cash payment only, we are aiming to rectify this later this year.  There is a cash machine very close by.  

We are happy to provide fresh free drinking water, please ask if you would like us to fill up your water bottle or if you need a drinking cup.

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Choice of filling

Ham, Cheese, Ham & Tomato, Cheese & Onion


All our sandwiches can be toasted on request at no additional charge please ask when placing your order.

Children’s Lunchboxes

Sandwich with choice of filling

Cheese, Ham, Jam


Carton of juice or bottled water


Cheddars, Chocolate mini roll, Kit Kat


Apple, Orange, Banana


Subject to availability on the day


Toast (2 slices)           £1.00

Crumpets                   £1.00

Teacake-plain or toasted      £1.00


See our Display Cabinet for Today's Special Choices

Toilets and Baby Changing

Our recently refurbished toilets are easily located in the courtyard.  One toilet is accessible and one has a baby change facility and nappy bin.  We are breastfeeding friendly and welcome you to feed your baby wherever you are comfortable across the site.  If you require seating in a quiet area or any assistance please ask one of our friendly staff or volunteers.  

Car Parking

The museum has a small car park, there is a pay and display car park opposite owned by Erewash Borough Council free for one hour (please note you still need to obtain a ticket)  There are also plenty of car parks in the town centre within walking distance of the museum.  You can view our car parking map to find the closest location to park your car. Car parking prices may vary so please check the Tariff information on the councils website.   The Erewash Borough Council town centre car parks are free for one hour.  

If you are planning a visit to the Erewash Museum, but are unsure how to find us you can use our route planner for directions.   Click on 'Find us' on the homepage for more information on buses and train travel.  


  • The museum has a very small car park- one space is available on site for Blue Badge holders –  subject to availability.
  • We will be offering two Quiet Hour sessions at our summer beach on 20th August at 9:30am and 27th August at 3:30pm.  
  • Universal access toilet on site
  • Assistance dogs are always welcome across the site 
  • Hearing Loop available, please contact us for more details
  • The museum is a Grade II listed building dating from 1860, we have tried to ensure as much of the site is accessible to wheelchair users as possible.  A recently installed platform lift now provides access to the Hayloft Activity Room.  The only areas that are not accessible are the upstairs galleries.  If you are planning a visit and would specifically like to see an object from the first floor rooms please call in advance and if it's possible to move the object for your viewing we would be happy to accommodate this.
  • We can provide information in different languages please ask our reception staff for more details


Our gardens are an oasis in the busy town centre!  They are free for everyone to enjoy whenever the museum gates are open.   Some play equipment is located in the lower garden which is wheelchair accessible.  During the summer holidays the gardens are brought to life with our beach play area, Victorian ice cream cart, and picnic area.  

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