Opening Times

The museum is open from 10am-5pm.

Clara's Cottage is open most days, but may need to close some days without prior notice, due to staffing and volunteer levels. The best times to visit for an increased chance of seeing Clara's Cottage are on weekday mornings.

The museum does have 2 hireable spaces, which can be hired for private events either during these times or in the evening.


There is no entry charge to visit the museum's permanent galleries and most temporary exhibitions. Some national travelling exhibitions may have a small entry fee. Charges for additional activities or events will be advertised on the individual event information. 

In order to help keep the museum free entry, we encourage visitors who can to donate some money via one of our donation boxes. 


We have a lovely café serving locally sourced food and drinks at affordable prices, including a children's option. Lunches are served between 12 and 3pm most days (occasionally subject to change).


The museum is working towards being as accessible as possible. There is now a lift for wheelchair users to access the main upper floor, audio trails are being created for partially sighted visitors and provision is being developed to make the museum dementia friendly. There are also plans underway to have monthly Autism Friendly Afternoons.

Due to the nature of Clara's Cottage being an early 20th Century building, however, this part of the museum is unfortunately not completely accessible.

The museum team welcome any thoughts and feedback on how the museum can be made even more accessible and will do their best to enable access where possible, just let us know.

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