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Exciting news. We're open again from Tuesday 18th May! It was such as a good feeling opening our doors again.  For now we just wanted to tell you about how things are here. We’ll review these procedures as we go along to make sure they are working and welcome any feedback.

We are COVID secure and we have made a few changes to keep us and you safe. We deep clean every morning and clean high-touch areas like the toilets, the bannisters, the door handles and counters regularly throughout the day. There are hand sanitizing stations at every door and outside the toilets for you to use.

It’s an old building, with small rooms and corridors so we’ve got a one way system ready. Follow the squirrels around the building to keep everyone safe!

We think the best way to keep everyone safe is to minimise the number of people in the building therefore for the first time ever we will have to request that you book your visit in advance. This will help make social distancing should be easier.

Sadly social distancing means some of our favourite activities and events can’t happen for a while. We won’t be able to do crafts in the Hayloft at the moment but we’re making ‘take-away crafts’ bags full of craft stuff and ideas so you can do your usual museum craft at home.  We’ve never been a ‘do not touch’ museum, but we have to take away our games and interactives for a while to keep you safe. To help children still enjoy the museum we’ll be putting on new trails for the families every week, as well as a permanent new Animal Histories exhibition. Run like a horse, stomp like an elephant, find the hidden mice and explore our new curiosity cabinet.

Our tea room is reopening too, on Tuesdays Thursdays and Saturdays. Our gardens are still free to use. 

We’re thinking hard about our events and will keep everyone updated.  We wish we could say more at the moment but but we are keeping this under review and will let you know as soon as we can. Keep an eye out for news about half term activities. 

Our shop will be open. Our 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 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 an enjoyable and safe visit.

Booking Information: please email us on, send us a message on Facebook or call us on 0115 9071141 to book a slot.

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