Visits During COVID-19 

Shielded reception area
Here are the precautions we are currently taking and what we will be asking of you to make your visit as safe as possible for everyone.

You must wear a face covering to enter, unless you are exempt.

Opening Times / Bookings
The museum made online booking available to monitor the number of visitors in the museum. We found by the end of August that this was no longer necessary. From 1st September we ask general museum visitors to return to just turning up and purchasing tickets on the day of their visit. We are only open at weekends. Booking ahead is still required for events and workshops.

NHS Track & Trace
We ask you to scan the QR code at reception to acknowledge your entry into the museum. This will allow the NHS to contact you should someone enter the museum on the same day as you who might later be diagnosed with COVID-19.

Eight sanitising stations

If You Have ANY Symptoms
Please DO NOT visit if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, and stay at home. However, if you do book, and then develop any symptoms between then and the day of your visit, 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 a machine if someone outside your social bubble is using one next to it. Please be patient and come back when they have finished. It is requested that you remain at least 2m away from people not in your own social bubble. Signs to this effect will be up to remind you. We have created 'bubble zones' around the museum and ask that you stick to these zones. We have not implemented a one way system, to eliminate the chance of people crossing paths directly. Instead please find a free bubble zone and occupy that while you wait for other bubble zones to become free. Children must be accompanied at all times to ensure social distancing.

Easy-wipe exhibits

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. These 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. These have been replaced with some surprise hands-free interactives that we know you'll love! 

Classroom Area
All of the same machines usually 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 available to use in the main gallery will still be usable. Where possible we will be spreading machines apart to ensure social distancing. There may even be some extra exhibits out for you to see!

Café & Shop
Our café tables have returned. Sweets, crisps and hot & cold drinks will be available.
We can now accept cash, but card payments are preferred.



Help support the museum by buying from the museum shop

View all items

Founding Sponsors
redgate Google ARM Real VNC Microsoft Research
Heritage Lottery Funded
Heritage Lottery Fund
Accredited Museum