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We are Family Friendly!!!

We pride ourselves on being a friendly, welcoming museum where families can enjoy time together, learning, or having fun!  We hope the below information is useful but please do let us know if you need any further information prior to your visit.  Our staff and volunteers are always happy to help and will go above and beyond to make your time here enjoyable.  

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Opening times

During the six week holiday 21st July to 1st September the museum will be open Monday through to Saturday with the exception of Bank Holiday Monday. Our opening times are 10am to 4pm (last admission 3:30pm)

During term time the museum is open Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm (last admission 3:30pm) .

Tea Room

Our Tea Room is open from 11am to 3pm on days when the the museum is open.  It serves drinks, cakes, sandwiches and light bites.  The Tea Room also offers children's lunchboxes with healthy options.  The Tea Room is run by The Friends of the Museum and completely staffed by volunteers.  All profits are fed directly back into museum events, activities and projects. On special event days you might find out friendly volunteers in costume serving home made cakes!

We are happy to provide fresh free drinking water, please ask if you would like us to fill up your water bottle or if you need a drinking cup.

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Toilets and Baby Changing

Our recently refurbished toilets are easily located in the courtyard.  One toilet is accessible and one has a baby change facility and nappy bin.  We are breastfeeding friendly and welcome you to feed your baby wherever you are comfortable across the site.  If you require seating in a quiet area or any assistance please ask one of our friendly staff or volunteers.  

Car Parking

The museum has a small car park, there is a pay and display car park opposite owned by Erewash Borough Council free for one hour (please note you still need to obtain a ticket)  There are also plenty of car parks in the town centre within walking distance of the museum.  If you need further information about car parking please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 9071141. 


  • The museum has a very small car park- one space is available on site for Blue Badge holders –  subject to availability.
  • Universal access toilet on site
  • Assistance dogs are always welcome across the site 
  • Hearing Loop available, please contact us for more details
  • The museum is a Grade II listed building dating from 1860, we have tried to ensure as much of the site is accessible to wheelchair users as possible.  A recently installed platform lift now provides access to the Hayloft Activity Room.  The only areas that are not accessible are the upstairs galleries.  If you are planning a visit and would specifically like to see an object from the first floor rooms please call in advance and if it's possible to move the object for your viewing we would be happy to accommodate this.


Our gardens are an oasis in the busy town centre!  They are free for everyone to enjoy whenever the museum gates are open.   Some play equipment is located in the lower garden which is wheelchair accessible.  During the summer holidays the gardens are brought to life with our beach play area, Victorian ice cream cart, and picnic area.  

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