Visitor information


Opening times

Museum Cafe:

9.30 am - 4 pm - Monday to Saturday

Museum Galleries:

10 am - 4 pm - Monday to Saturday

The museum is closed on Bank Holidays.

Museum fees

Entry to the museum is free, however we welcome your donations towards the maintenance of the museum.

Current exhibitions

For information on current exhibitions please see our dedicated pages.


Please click here for our address and directions.

 Disability Access

The Museum and Visitor Centre comprises a complex of several buildings, most of which are old and not originally designed with access for people with disabilities in mind. However, considerable improvements have been made, enabling much of the Visitor Centre, Museum and gardens to be accessible to wheelchair users and those with walking difficulties.Most areas, including the toilets are accessible to visitors with mobility and sensory difficulties.  Unfortunately, the Upper Gallery  temporary exhibition space, the library and the Discovery Gallery are not accessible.  However, arrangements can be made for visitors who wish to access the resources in the library.

Additional facilities include a WC for people with disabilities (including baby-changing facilities), a wheelchair for the use of visitors and induction loops on the reception desk and in the auditorium.

The Museum aims to enhance the visitor experience of those with visual or hearing impairment by using a range of interpretation methods in its displays including audio with induction loop (in the auditorium), video, computer interactive displays, and open displays where the objects can be touched. All new displays will be designed with sensory access in mind and will aim to include objects on open display that can be handled.



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