Planning your visit

Welcome back

We are excited to welcome you back and we want to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible. This means there will be some changes to the way you visit.

Our museum and gallery openings will be phased:

  • 27 July – Segedunum Roman Fort - tickets available now
  • 10 August – Laing Art Gallery - tickets available now
  • 13 August – South Shields Museum & Art Gallery - tickets available now
  • 25 August – Shipley Art Gallery
  • TBC August - Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort
  • TBC August - Stephenson Steam Railway
  • 1 Sept – Discovery Museum
  • 1 Sept – Great North Museum: Hancock
  • Autumn – Hatton Gallery and Tyne & Wear Archives


  • Opening hours may have changed at some venues so please check the venue website before visiting.
  • Please be aware that some areas of the museums and galleries will be closed until it is safe to open them. 
  • We are admitting fewer people into the venues so we can provide enough space for social distancing. This means for some of our venues we would like you to book your visit in advance. Please see each venue website for details about how to book tickets. If you don't book, you may have to queue outside the venue until the number of visitors in the building/grounds has reduced to a safe level.




How to book

To ensure we can maintain social distancing and to help us make your visit safe and enjoyable it is important that as many people as possible book tickets in advance.

  • There will be a small allocation of tickets for people who walk up on the day, for those who are not able to book tickets online. If you do not have a ticket you will need to wait until a member of staff has made sure the number of people in the building is at a safe level before you can be admitted.
  • You’ll need to choose a time-slot.
  • The time-slot is for your arrival time only and the length of time you can stay will be made clear during the booking process and on your ticket. 
  • Every week we will release new bookings for visits the following week.  You can book up to midnight the day before you’d like to visit.
  • Priority booking will be available for our must-see museums members.  To join must-see museums for free visit mustseemuseums.org.uk
  • Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit. 
  • Groups of 10+ please contact the venue in advance to book your visit.
  • We'll continue to add new venues over the coming weeks, so if a venue isn't showing as open yet, please continue to check back each week. 

When you arrive

  • To comply with government guidance you will be required to wear a face covering to enter our museums and galleries. (This does not apply to under 11s or people excluded due to health conditions).
  • Please arrive within 10 minutes of the start time of your ticket. You may need to queue for a short time while tickets are checked. Sadly, if you arrive late, we'll not be able to guarantee you immediate entry. Entry will be at the discretion of our staff based on the number of people already in the building.
  • To maintain social distancing, please do not pass your phone or printed tickets to our staff. You may be asked for your name and booking number.   
  • Please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy.
  • Our visitors are the heart of our business and we want you to enjoy our venues safely.  In order to help reduce the risk of a local outbreak of coronavirus we are taking contact details of visitors who do not book in advance, as well as recording the time of entering our venue.This is voluntary and you do not have to provide these details. For those who do consent, in line with guidance issued by the government, we will keep your details for 21 days. We will only share them with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, in the event of a fellow visitor testing positive for coronavirus. Your cooperation in helping us to keep our visitors, staff and the wider community safe is greatly appreciated.

During your visit

  • To comply with government guidance you will be required to wear a face covering to enter our museums and galleries. (This does not apply to under 11s or people excluded due to health conditions).
  • Please follow government advice around social distancing when you visit and in most venues you will be asked to follow a one-way route. Any children in your group must be supervised at all times.
  • Please read the new signs providing guidance and our staff and volunteers will also be happy to help you adjust to the new way of visiting.
  • Our staff will greet you at a distance. Some may be wearing facemasks or visors (this is their choice and not compulsory under government guidance) and we have new screens at our till points.
  • Unfortunately some spaces in our venues are closed until it is safe to open them. Before you visit please see the venue website for information about which spaces are open.
  • You are welcome to bring your own food and drink to our outdoor sites and make use of our picnic areas.  Unfortunately, you can’t bring food and drink into our indoor venues.
  • If possible, please use contactless payment when visiting.
  • We encourage you to use the hand sanitisers around the venue.
  • We have increased cleaning in all public areas of the building and especially in areas of high contact.
  • If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit. 

Your support

Our unexpected closure has had a huge impact on our museums and galleries. 

Help us now by donating £5.

Thank you for your support and stay safe!