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Welcome back to our museums

I’m delighted to say that from the end of July we will begin to re-open our five iconic and much-loved museums.

Visitors will once again be able to explore stories of the incredible ingenuity and scientific and technological advances that have helped humanity overcome challenges throughout history.

Locomotion in Shildon will be the first to welcome visitors back on 28 July, followed by the National Railway Museum in York on 4 August, and the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester on 14 August. Both the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and the Science Museum in London will re-open their doors on 19 August.

Teams across the Science Museum Group are working hard to prepare our five museums for the moment when we can welcome visitors back through our doors. Above all else, our priority is to provide a safe, welcoming and enjoyable visitor experience, in line with Government guidance.

Across our Group, we have introduced new measures, including enhanced cleaning, to ensure that everyone feels confident in returning to our sites and comfortable throughout their visit. All visitors will need to book free, timed tickets in advance, to manage numbers and maintain social distancing, and at some points to follow self-guided or one-way routes through the museums.

Visitors will receive communications prior to any visit to explain the changes and the steps we are asking them to follow to ensure everyone has a fun and safe experience.

And while we look forward to opening our doors to visitors once again, our collection—and the inspirational stories it contains—remain open online to inspire those who are unable to travel to the museum.

Thank you for your support during the period of closure; we can’t wait to welcome back old friends and ignite the curiosity of many more who have yet to visit us.

Sir Ian Blatchford

Director and Chief Executive, Science Museum Group