The National Railway Museum reveals reopening plans – Here’s everything you need to know

Preparations are underway at the National Railway Museum. Photographs: Charlotte Graham
14 Jul 2020 @ 11.35 am
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The National Railway Museum in York will reopen on Tuesday, 4 August.

The Leeman Road attraction closed on 17 March, alongside others in the Science Museum Group.

Preparations are well underway to throw open the doors after 119 days in lockdown. Admission remains free.

It is only partially opening in the first two weeks, with more of the museum open from week three.

The Great Hall, Mallard Experience, café and shop are the first areas to open. Then the Station Hall will open using a one-way system.

You have to book online in advance. Booking will begin on Monday (20 July).

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Visitors will be encouraged to observe social distancing measures and the wearing of face masks will be recommended, said an NRM spokesman.

The site has undergone a rigorous cleaning regime.

At York, the Great Hall which is home to world-famous locomotives such as Mallard and a replica of Stephenson’s Rocket, will be first to open.

Sister museum Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham, reopens on 28 July.

Director of the National Railway Museum Judith McNicol said: “We know that our sites – with their large, open buildings, outdoor spaces and car parking, can be great places for people to begin to re-engage with culture with confidence.

“We are cautiously reopening in stages at both museums, to ensure the safety of our guests and colleagues.”

Key information

It will be a limited opening to begin with

Opening hours: The phased opening will see the number of days and hours increased gradually throughout August. For full details click the button.

WEEK 1

  • Tuesday 4 August 2020, 11.00–16.00
  • Thursday 6 August 2020, 11.00–16.00
  • Saturday 8 August 2020, 11.00–16.00

WEEK 2

  • Wednesday 12 August, 11.00–17.00
  • Friday 14 August, 11.00–17.00
  • Saturday 15 August, 11.00–17.00
  • Sunday 16 August, 11.00–17.00

WEEK 3

Open 11.00–17.00 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

WEEK 4 ONWARDS

Open 10.00–17.00 every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What’s open when: The museum is partially open in weeks 1 and 2, with more of the museum available from week 3. The activities and spaces which are open may be subject to change.

OPEN

  • Great Hall
  • Great Hall café (see food and drink section below)
  • Mallard Experience
  • Highlights exhibition
  • Shop
  • Picnic areas in South Yard and the courtyard by Countess of York
  • Ice cream in the courtyard
  • Lockers, toilets and baby changing areas

CLOSED

  • Station Hall
  • Miniature railway 
  • Steam rides
  • Cab access
  • Shinkansen interior access
  • Model railway
  • Search Engine  
  • Warehouse 
  • Under-5s play area in Great Hall
  • Thomas ride-ons 
  • Great Hall shop
  • Info points in Great Hall 
  • Countess of York
  • Live shows
  • Viewing balcony
  • Outdoor play area
  • Flying Scotsman exhibition

OPEN

Everything that was open in weeks 1 and 2, plus:

  • Station Hall, with one-way system (from Wednesday 19 August)
  • Outdoor play area (from Wednesday 19 August)

CLOSED

  • Miniature railway 
  • Steam rides
  • Cab access
  • Shinkansen interior access
  • Model railway
  • Search Engine  
  • Warehouse 
  • Under-5s play area in Great Hall
  • Thomas ride-ons
  • Great Hall shop
  • Info points in Great Hall 
  • Countess of York
  • Live shows
  • Viewing balcony
  • Flying Scotsman exhibition

More information: Go to the NRM website.

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