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Erewash Museum has reopened


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 before to your visit.  Our staff and volunteers are always happy to help and will go above and beyond to make your time here enjoyable.  
Due to the current global situation we can't have our usual interactive games, crafts and activities but there will be: a new animal themed history hunt- search the cases and complete the challenges, a weekly changing trails for the children, and take-away craft bags so you can do your usual museum crafts at home.
We'll review our offer for families as the corona virus situation changes.

We are signed up to the kids in museums Manifesto.
Read more about the manifesto

Opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10.00-16.00
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10.00-16.00
Friday: 10.00-16.00
Saturday: 10.00-16.00
Sunday: Closed


Booking is nto needed for a regular museum visit. But it is recommended for special events

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Or call us on: 0115 9071141 

Last entry slot is at 3.30pm.

The museum is an old house with narrow corridors so we think the best way to keep everyone safe is to minimise the number of people in the building.

We are signed up to NHS Track and Trace

Corona Virus Information

We are COVID secure and everything we can do has been done to keep us and you safe.
We deep clean every morning. High-touch areas like the toilets, the bannisters, the door handles and counters are cleaned regularly throughout the day. There are hand sanitizing stations at every door and outside the toilets for you to use.


•Our cleaning regimes won’t change, we’ll be cleaning as frequently as before and will provide lots of hand sanitizer for our visitors to use.
•We are running events  in line with government guidance. As much as possible these will be held in the gardens with lots of fun things to do outdoors.
•Our gardens are open for you to come in and play. Bring a picnic, a ball, or a book! Please be aware of other visitors and give each other space.
•If things get busy in one space please come back later on. Our team will help keep an eye on this as much as possible.
•Inside the building we ask that people can wear masks, if they want to, and to try and keep their distance from each other. It’s through being kind and respectful of each other that we can make sure everyone enjoys themselves.
It’s an old building, with small rooms and corridors so we’ve got a one way system ready. Follow the squirrel trail around the building to keep everyone safe!

Toilets and disabled toilets will not be affected. They will however be cleaned more regularly. Access needs will be considered at all times, just speak to our staff for information or assistance.

If you have any questions we are here for you: this is your museum and we want to help everyone feel like they belong here. Thank you for bearing with us in the last few months. We’re incredibly excited to be opening again and wish you all an enjoyable and safe visit.


Tea Room

The Tea Room has reopened!

Opening Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11.00-15.00
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11.00-15.00
Friday: 11.00-15.00
Saturday: 11.00-15.00
Sunday: Closed


Usually our Tea Room is open from 11am to 3pm on days when the the museum is open.  There is seating available inside and outside and in the gardens. We serve drinks, cakes, sandwiches and light bites. The Tea Room also offers children's lunchboxes with healthy options. Our cafe is managed 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.  If you would like to volunteer to help out we are always looking for new members for our tea room team!

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.

Two tea room volunteers in front of food counter


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.  


We are breast feeding friendly.

Car Parking

The Car Park is small with one space for Blue Badge holders only. There is a pay and display car park opposite owned by Erewash Borough Council.  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 next door for Blue Badge holders –  subject to availability.
  • 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 listed building dating but 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
  • we are aware of the accessibility issues on the website and will be working on this in the coming weeks


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 giant garden games, Victorian ice cream cart, and picnic area.  
Due to the current pandemic we will not be having a beach this year. We'll be back next year if the situation allows it! But do come and use the space for picnics and play. Please remember to keep your distance while using our gardens to protect other visitors. 

children playing in the gardens at the beach sandpit