Latest update

The city’s museums are now open.

Please take a quick test before visiting our museums to help keep everyone safe. 

We strongly encourage visitors to wear face coverings in our buildings.

Further guidance on the use of face coverings is available at

If you have any questions not covered by this FAQ please get in touch with us by email.

We must all continue to take action to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Leicester Museums & Galleries venues are COVID Secure and are following current government guidance with procedures in place to protect your safety.

COVID Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to 'check in' to the venue?

Visitors are not required to 'check in' to the venue, following government guidance. Visitors can drop in any time during our opening hours.

Do I have to wear a face mask? 

No, face masks are no longer required but we strongly encourage you to wear a face covering inside any of our buildings.

Why wear a face covering?

We strongly encourage customers to wear face coverings in our buildings. Face coverings worn over the nose and mouth reduce the spread of coronavirus when indoors where people are close together.

Further guidance on the use of face coverings is available at the Leicester City Council website.

Are the museums opening hours different from normal?

No, all the museums opening hours have returned to normal. Please see each venue page for details.

How much will it cost to visit?

Our museums have been free to all since 1849 and that continues during COVID-19, however, now more than ever, your donations are most welcome.

Where can I park?

Many of our sites do not have designated car parking but there are many nearby public parking facilities at all of our sites.

The car park at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is still closed for essential maintenance, and car parking for Abbey Pumping Station is in the neighbouring National Space Centre car park.

Are the Visitor Lockers available?

Yes, the locker facilities are back in use to store your personal belongings. The lockers require a £1 coin, which is non-returnable.

Please note that most lockers can only fit a standard sized ‘carry-on’ bag or rucksack. Anything larger than this will not be allowed into the museum.

Any bags or belongings brought in to the museum could be subject to a security check.

Will I have to wear gloves?

No need to wear gloves as surfaces will be COVID Securely wiped down by a dedicated cleaning team and our trained front of house staff throughout the day.

Will there be hand sanitiser available in the museum?

Sanitiser stations are located throughout the museums and galleries and in high touch areas (reception / retail / toilets / stairs).

Does your reception area have a screen?

There are protective screens in areas such as reception desks to protect visitors and staff.

How will you maintain social distancing?

Social distancing is still encouraged and is your responsibility but there will be signs and floor markings to remind you. 

Will all areas of the museum be open?

All areas are now open, unless they are closed for exhibition changeovers and scheduled maintenance. Some interactive displays may still be removed for other reasons, which we hope to bring back as soon as possible.

Will the museum be holding any workshops or events and if so, where can I find details of these?

Workshops/events are advertised as usual in the What’s On calendar.

Is it possible to still hire a venue and what arrangements are in place for this?

Venue hire and wedding enquiries can be made on our Venue Hire pages, current government guidance / restrictions will apply.

Will the museums with outside areas allow visitors to access these spaces?

Our gardens and outside areas are open, although access may be via designated entrances to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Does this include the outdoor play areas

Our external play areas are open.

Can I use a toilet at any time throughout my visit to the museum?

The toilets will be available and will be cleaned and regularly during your visit but you may need to queue to use the toilets to maintain social distancing.

Is the toilet area hands free, i.e. once I have washed my hands will I have to touch a door handle to exit this area?

All doors where possible will be open but you may need to touch door handles to maintain privacy.

Handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser will be available nearby to ensure the toilet and wellbeing facilities stay COVID secure.

If the museum has a café will it be open?

The cafés will be open as usual.