Frequently Asked Questions

"Are you allowed to open yet?"

The Government announced that museums and galleries could re-open in week commencing 17 May 2021 and Wiltshire Museum reopened on Thursday 20 May.

"What guidelines are you following on reopening?"

The Government asked the National Museum Director’s Council to prepare Good Practice Guidelines, which we are complying with. The Government has published guidelines for people who work or volunteer in heritage locations, which we are also complying with.

We are also complying with the Visit England COVID-19 Industry Standard, confirming we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

We are recommending that face-coverings are worn in the Museum galleries and shop.

"What days are you open?"

From Saturday 25 September the Museum will be open Monday to Sunday.  Please check in advance if making a special trip as we may have to close at short notice.

"What is open?"

· three floors of museum galleries

· Shop

· Lift

· Accessible toilet with baby-change.

· Exhibition Galleries.

"Why do I need to pre-book a ticket?"

We are restricting the number of visitors to ensure that visitors can enjoy our galleries, some of which are quite small and poorly ventilated.

Pre-booking ensures that visits are spread out throughout the day.

"How do I book a ticket?"

You can book your ticket here.  You will be asked to select a date, arrival time and ticket type.  The number of tickets per timed slot is SIX.  We can accommodate larger groups on request -

"What will you do with my booking details?"

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. After 21 days we will delete/destroy your details. It will not be used for marketing or other purposes.

"Can I book over the phone?"

Yes, those unable to book online can call the Museum on 01380 727369 to book a ticket.  Leave a message on our answerphone and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

"Can I turn up on the day?"

Yes, but we cannot guarantee entry if all the available tickets have been sold. This applies to members and volunteers as well as general visitors.

"I am a Wiltshire Museum (WANHS) or volunteer. Do I still need to book?"

Yes, members and volunteers (unless they have made a prior appointment) are recommended to pre-book.  Please select this category from ticket type and provide your details.  Tickets are free.

"Why is it a timed ticket?"

We ask you to select an arrival time so that we can manage visitor numbers in the Museum for everyone’s safety.

"When should I arrive and how long can I stay?"

We would ask that you arrive with 10 minutes of the time on your ticket.  Please note the Museum will close at 1 pm (until 2 pm) for lunch and at 5 pm.  Last entry is 4 pm (3pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays).

"Is there a booking fee?"

There is no booking fee and donations are also welcome.

"Can I book a ticket on the day I want to visit?"

You will need to book your timed tickets by 9am at the latest on the day of entry.  This ensures our front of house volunteers have a list of who is expected on the day.

"I don’t have a printer, so can’t print my ticket"

You can show your ticket on your phone. If you booked on the phone we will just need the name of the person who made the booking.

"I haven’t received my confirmation email"

Please check that it hasn’t gone into your junk folder. If you still can’t find it, call us on 01380 727369.

"I booked on the phone, so how do I get in? "

No need to worry because we will have a record of your booking. Please give your name to the member of staff at the entrance.

"Can you post me my booking confirmation? "

No, booking confirmations are sent by email only, but can be resent on request.

"Why can I not book the time I want? "

Entry times are offered on a first-come, first served basis, so your preferred time slot may be fully booked.

"Will I have to queue outside?"

If you are early or come at the same time as other visitors you may need to queue for a short time outside the Museum. To maintain social distancing, we are controlling the flow of visitors into the building.

"What if it’s raining? "

If it is raining you will still be required to wait outside until the entrance is clear. Please come prepared for the weather.

"Why am I being told not to bring a large bag or backpack?"

To reduce risks to people and objects we are not permitting large bags (over 45cm) or backpacks into the Museum for the time being. Please do not bring large bags or backpacks with you when you visit.

"Do Wiltshire Museum members or volunteers get priority booking?"

No.  We are extremely grateful for the support members and volunteers give us. However, our booking system does not enable us to distinguish between members and non-members.

"Is the Archive and Library open?"  The Archive and Library remains closed to researchers at present. The Archive and Library should reopen in early 2022.

"Can I bring in finds?"

Yes – but please make an appointment in advance to ensure we have staff available and we can accommodate you -

"Can I carry out any collections research?" 

Please contact us for details -

"I am disabled. Can I bring a helper?"

Yes, you can bring a carer or helper as one of your party of up to six people.  Please contact us if there are not tickets available -

"Will you still encourage social distancing?" 

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. We have introduced the following measures to help with social distancing;

· We have limited our capacity and anyone wishing to visit is recommended to pre-book.

· Timed tickets ensure that visitor numbers are spread out throughout the day.

· There is a marked one way route in place throughout the building. Please follow the signage.

· Members of staff will also be on hand to direct you.

· Visitors and staff are expected to respect social-distancing, although this is no longer a legal-requirement.

"Will there be hand sanitiser on site?"

We have a hand sanitiser station at the entrance to the Museum and also throughout the building.  You are welcome to bring your own.

"How are you Cleaning the Museum?"

The Museum is cleaned every day, with extra measures introduced on the days the Museum is open to visitors.   Our staff have been instructed on the required hygiene, cleaning and social distancing requirements, and are regularly reminded of their importance.

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