Welcome back! We are now reopen
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 before to your visit. Our staff and volunteers are always happy to help and will go above and beyond to make your time here enjoyable.
Due to the current global situation we can't have our usual interactive games, crafts and activities but there will be: a new animal themed history hunt- search the cases and complete the challenges, a weekly changing trails for the children, and take-away craft bags so you can do your usual museum crafts at home.
We'll review our offer for families as the corona virus situation changes.
We are signed up to the kids in museums Mini Manifesto https://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/manifesto/
The Museum is open:
Booking is essential for timed entry slots.
Send us a message on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ErewashMuseum/
Or call us on: 0115 9071141
Last entry slot is at 2.30pm.
The museum is an old house with narrow corridors so we think the best way to keep everyone safe is to minimise the number of people in the building.
There will only be two family/ bubble groups allowed per booked slot to make social distancing easier.
We are signed up to NHS Track and Trace
Corona Virus Information
We are COVID secure and everything we can do has been done to keep us and you safe.
We deep clean every morning. High-touch areas like the toilets, the bannisters, the door handles and counters are cleaned regularly throughout the day. There are hand sanitizing stations at every door and outside the toilets for you to use.
It’s an old building, with small rooms and corridors so we’ve got a one way system ready. Follow the squirrel trail around the building to keep everyone safe!
We think the best way to keep everyone safe is to minimise the number of people in the building therefore for the first time ever we will have to request that you book your visit in advance. There will only be two family/ bubble groups allowed in per booked slot, so social distancing should be easier.
Sadly social distancing means some of our favourite activities and events can’t happen for a while. We won’t be able to do crafts in the Hayloft at the moment but we’re making ‘take-away crafts’ bags full of craft stuff and ideas so you can do your usual museum craft at home. First months of bags are animal themed! Starting with birds, then next week insects.
We’ve never been a ‘do not touch’ museum but we have to take away our games and interactives for a while to keep you safe. To help children still enjoy the museum we’ll be putting on new trails for the kids every week, as well as a permanent new Animal Histories trail.
Our tea room will stay closed for a while but our gardens are still free to use. Sadly the summer beach is not viable this year but rest assured it will return in the future once we can ensure it’s safe.
We’ll reschedule our events from Spring and Summer for the future. We wish we could say more about events in Autumn/Winter but we are keeping this under review for now.
Our shop will be open, but we will only take card payments.
Toilets and disabled toilets will not be affected. They will however be cleaned more regularly. Access needs will be considered at all times, just speak to our staff for information or assistance.
If you have any questions we are here for you: this is your museum and we want to help everyone feel like they belong here. Thank you for bearing with us in the last few months. We’re incredibly excited to be opening again and wish you all an enjoyable and safe visit.
Due to the coronavirus the Old Stables Tea Room is now closed for a while. We will review this regularly and update soon.
Usually 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! The Tea Room is currently cash payment only, we are aiming to rectify this later this year. There is a cash machine very close by.
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.
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.
The Car Park is small with one space for Blue Badge holders. We recommend using the pay and display nearby. 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.
You can view our car parking map to find the closest location to park your car. Car parking prices may vary so please check the Tariff information on the councils website. The Erewash Borough Council town centre car parks are free for one hour.
If you are planning a visit to the Erewash Museum, but are unsure how to find us you can use our route planner for directions. Click on 'Find us' on the homepage for more information on buses and train travel.
- The museum has a very small car park- one space is available next door 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.
- We can provide information in different languages please ask our reception staff for more details
- we are aware of the accessibility issues on the website and will be working on this in the coming weeks
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.
Due to the current pandemic we will not be having toys or a beach this year. We'll be back next year if the situation allows it! But do come and use the space for picnics and play. Please remeber to socially distance while using our gardens.