Planning a visit
Welcoming you back to Weston Park Museum, safely
We’re really looking forward to seeing you at Weston Park Museum.
Below you can find details of opening times, how to book your visit, all the measures we’ve put in place and what we’re asking of you during your time at the museum. We’ve also put together a Q&A which we hope covers the things you might want to know in advance of coming to see us.
We’ve temporarily changed the Weston Park Museum opening hours. You are able to visit:
Mon-Sat 10am - 4pm
Sun 11am - 4pm
Pre-Book Your Visit
You now need to book a free ticket to visit Weston Park Museum – pre-book the date and time of your visit here:
Alongside pre-booking, we’re still accommodating some walk-up visits, although capacity is strictly limited. If you haven’t booked, when you arrive we’ll ask you for some information as part of the NHS Track & Trace programme.
When You Arrive
To help manage the number of visitors in the building, we’ve temporarily changed how people enter and exit the building.
On arrival, please come to the main entrance of the museum and queue to the left of the main doors (you’ll see the socially distanced floor markers).
If you’ve pre-booked, we’ll check you in and you’re good to go. You can either have your booking confirmation ready on your phone or just give us your name and we'll find your booking info.
If you haven’t booked, we’ll just need to take a little bit of information for the NHS Track & Trace programme and will admit you as soon as possible.
Visitors are required to wear a face covering when they enter the building – this is in line with Government guidance. Children under the age of 11 don’t need to wear a face covering – you can find details of further exemptions here
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t visit the museum.
During Your Visit
Once you’re inside the gallery you’ll see some of the temporary changes we’ve made to keep everyone safe and ensure they can enjoy their visit. These include
- Limiting the number of visitors in the building and exhibition spaces
- Hand sanitiser available at the gallery entrance and exit
- One-way routes in some areas
- Clear social distancing guidance and ‘lanes’ down the main thoroughfare
- Enhanced cleaning throughout the day
- Removing some interactives, including dressing up costumes, for a little while
- Keeping doors open wherever possible to avoid multiple touch points
- Screens on our shop counter and card-only payments
- Changing our air handling system to continuously bring fresh air into the building
During your visit please continue to wear your face covering, practise social distancing and keep younger visitors with you.
You’ll be able to see favourites in the Beneath Your Feet, Sheffield Life & Times, Ancient Egypt, What on Earth and Picturing Sheffield galleries.
There’s also a brand new gallery for you to explore at Weston Park Museum, Sheffield Stories, which makes its debut this summer. The first displays in the gallery celebrate people's experience of living in the city during the 50s 60s and 70s. Find out more here.
Our next exhibition at Weston Park Museum, The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City opens on Friday 23 October – find out more here.
To help keep everyone safe we’ve removed some of the museums interactives, including our dressing-up costumes and books, for a little while. You’ll see staff regularly cleaning all the interactives that remain in the galleries.
Toilets and Baby Change
The toilets and baby change at Weston Park Museum are open in a limited capacity to enable social distancing.
Socially-distanced queue markers are in place by the toilets.
Enhanced cleaning is taking place throughout the day.
The Weston Park Museum Shop is now open. A Perspex screen has been installed on the shop counter and for the time being the shop will only be able to accept card payments. We are also be limiting entry to 5 customers or a single group at any time and operating a separate entrance and exit. Prints of lots of the paintings in the museum can also be purchased online through our Print on Demand service or via Art UK.
Food & Drink
The museum café, Ambulo, will remain closed for a little while longer, but will return serving a limited menu and operating socially-distanced indoor seating.
The museum’s Picnic Space on the 1st floor is availlable via ticketed entry to help manage numbers - just ask a member of staff in the foyer for your free ticket.
While Ambulo is closed we’re be operating a pass-out system to give you time to enjoy a picnic in the park or to get food from elsewhere. Just ask a member of staff in the museum foyer for a pass-out token.
Food and drink is not permitted in the museum’s galleries.
Making a Donation
Your museums need your support, now more than ever. Your generous donations and the income generated through our shops, cafés, events and corporate hire help to keep your museums free and open. As a charity, closing the doors for nearly five months has meant we’ve lost that vital income and we now need your help as we face the financial challenges ahead. With your support, your museums and galleries can continue to provide great cultural experiences for the people of Sheffield and beyond.
Please consider making a donation when you pre-book your free visit. Your support at this challenging time is needed more than ever.
Once you’re in the museum you’ll find our quick and easy contactless donation station in the foyer.
Our cash donation boxes will still be available too – you’ll find those in the main foyer and in each of our exhibition spaces.
Not visiting for a little while? Support your museums by making a donation here today.
Weston Park does not have a car park of its own – the nearest public car park is the Q-Park on Durham Road. Visitors using this car park are able to claim 25% off the price of their parking – just ask a member of staff for a discount voucher (this discount is currently unavailable with pre-booked parking spaces).
Find out how to get the museum here
We’re currently working on plans to allow us to safely welcome school and larger group visits to the museum from the Autumn Term. To find out how we might support your students’ learning at this time, please contact email@example.com or call 0114 278 2655.
Wedding, Parties and Corporate Events at Weston Park Museum
Looking for an amazing backdrop for your big day or a location that’s guaranteed to wow guests at your special event?
We’re currently accepting bookings for all future events at Weston Park Museum and are able to accommodate some smaller scale events in the short term.
For more information and to book contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 278 2715.
Facilities and Access
You can find information about facilities and accessibility here
Frequently Asked Questions
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