We're Back! The Museum reopens on 19 May

We're Back! At Alert Level 2 the Museum will be reopen from Tuesday 18 MayThe Museum reopens under Alert Level 2 from Tuesday 19 May.

The Museum team have been working hard to make the Museum visitor-friendly and safe. We're laying out visitor routes to keep people safe, instituting a comprehensive regular cleaning regime, and removing or rearranging some display items while the COVID threat is still present. The Museum will also maintain a contact tracing register as per government requirements.

Our services will see some changes as we follow government guidelines to protect both staff and visitors, in line with government recommendations.


  • Must sanitise their hands on entry
  • Queue at reception to provide contact details before entering the galleries
  • Maintain social distancing from others
  • Follow prescribed visitor routes through the Museum intended to promote social distancing and your safety.
  • Follow any staff directions

Research services and visits

  • All research visits will now be by appointment only
  • Maximum of two people at a time in each appointment
  • 25 minute appointment slots are available between 1 pm to 4.30 pm, Tuesday to Friday and Sunday
  • To allow for other users normally only two adjacent slots can be booked at a time (for an appointment of 50 minutes). If you need longer than that please discuss your needs with our staff.
  • To book an appointment, either email us or call on 03 6877212