Things are tough right now ...

They're tough for everyone :( But when coronavirus hit here in the UK, the museum had to close its doors to the public, and we lost practically all our income overnight.

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Visits During COVID-19 

Although the UK Government has said that museums can open as of the 4th July, as a uniquely hands-on and interactive exhibition, the Centre for Computing History will remain closed for a further few weeks.

However, when we do open, here are the precautions we will be taking and what we will be asking of you to make your visit as safe as possible for everyone.

Opening Times / Bookings

The museum will only be open to visitors via our online pre-booking system. This will allow us to control and limit the number of people in the museum. It will also eliminate any delays at reception and minimise face to face time. It will also allow us to implement contact tracing in the event that someone reports to us that they have developed symtoms of COVID-19.

All visitors MUST book via our online system.

If You Have ANY Symtoms

If you have any of the symtoms of COVID-19, please stay at home. Simply email us and we will postpone your booking until a date that you can safely visit. 


When you arrive at the museum we will ask you to clean your hands at our hand sanitiser station. We will not allow entry to anyone not cleaning their hands. Other hand sanitiser stations will be positioned around the museum for you to use. Please remember that there are lots of keyboards, controllers and mice in the museum that are tricky to clean, so ensuring your hands remain clean throughout your visit is essential.

Social Distancing

It is impossible to distance some of our exhibits. So we will asking that you do not use computers and game consoles if someone else, who is not in your family, is using the one next to it. Please be patient and come back when they have finished. It is essential that you remain atleast 2m away from other people not in your own household or bubble. Signs will be up to this effect to remind you, but it is impossible to separate the displays so we are relying on you to use common sense.

One Way System

We will be implementing a one way system. We are not suggesting that you can't go back to a particular display, but we would ask that you go round again instead of going back against the flow.


The toilets will be open. Cleaning wipes and sanitisation products will be in the toilets for your use.


We are trying to make sure your visit to the museum is as unaffected as possible but there will be a couple of items not available for use. The are the Virtual Reality exhibit (that requires a headset to be worn), and the 'pixel wall' that uses lots of small plastic pieces to make an image.

Classroom Area

All of the machines available in the classroom will still be available to use. There will just be less of them and they will be spread apart to ensure social distancing.

Main Gallery

All of the machines usually available to use in the main gallery will still be available to use. Where possible we will be spreading machines apart to ensure social distancing.


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