Opening Hours

The Museum and Cafe are open 7 days a week.

10am – 5pm, April to October
10am – 4pm, November to March

9am – 5pm, April to October
10am – 4pm, November to March

Guided & Audio Tours are available up to 2 hours before the museum closes. Please allow yourself around 3 hours to take a tour and visit the exhibition galleries.

We are closed between the Christmas and New Year period. Saturday 22 December to Wednesday 2 January 2019. We reopen on Thursday 3 January 2019

Occasionally we may close for staff training days and private functions. Please note that the museum will be closing at 12.30pm on Monday 10th December 2018: The first and only tour of the day will be at 11am and last entry to the museum for self-guided tours will be 11.30am.

Please check our website and social media pages when planning your trip to avoid disappointment.

Guided Pithead Tours

Guided tours take place throughout the day.

Big Stuff

The Big Stuff tour does not run regularly. If you are interested in seeing the Big Stuff, please contact the museum in advance.

Entry Prices:

Adult £9. Child FREE (up to 3 children with 1 full paying adult). Concession £7.
VISIT REGULARLY? Ask our receptionists about our annual pass.  Prices are valid from 2nd November 2016.

Group Rates

(group of 12 or more): Adult £8. School Children £1.00 Concession £6. To book a group visit please complete our Group Visit Request Form or, if you are a UK school please visit our Learning page. 

Please Note!

Accompanying group bus drivers qualify for free entry.  Teachers on accompanying visits go free. A minimum of one teacher per 10 pupils is required. Accompanying Carer goes free. We recommend that you bring warm clothes and strudy shoes. Some areas of the museum can be fairly cold!


The museum’s exhibitions, tours, cafe and Power House are fully accessible.  There is a drop-off area at the entrance and disabled parking bays with easy access to the building.  Disabled toilets are available in the cafe and exhibition floors. We also have wheelchairs available – please ask at reception on arrival.