Plan your visit

Update August 2020

The Museum is now open every Wednesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.
From the 8th August wearing face masks will be mandatory in museums and heritage sites. Therefore we are asking all visitors to wear a mask inside the Museum. Thank you for your cooperation as always.

Please note: Government guidelines now state that all wedding guests should also wear masks. For information about the Registration Service please telephone 01635 279230

In line with government guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19, the Museum has been deep-cleaned, we have reception screens in place, hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities and Personal Protection  Equipment (PPE) has been made available for staff to wear when necessary.

Our staff will ask you to queue at the designated entrance and there will be a separate exit. You will be directed along the one-way system where you can visit all of our galleries and exhibitions. Please note, the library will not be available in this phase.

Unfortunately our children’s activities, interactive interpretation and dressing up will not be available in this initial phase but we have free trails for you to enjoy.

The gift shop, accessible toilet and baby changing facilities will be open, but the café and standard toilets will be closed.  We will have limits on single person/households in the lift.

We will only be taking contactless card payments at this stage.

Entry to the museum is free, as always, but donations are most welcomed.

Events and Activities
Our Family Activity Days and Messy Museum Days will continue to take place on our social media platforms throughout the summer holidays and will be available to download from our Life Long Learning page, along with our new short story competition.


How to find us

The Wharf, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 5AS. T: 01635 519562 E: museum@westberks.gov.uk

Download a central Newbury and walking map.

On foot
The museum is located on the Wharf just off Newbury Market Place and close to the Kennet and Avon Canal.

By car
We are just off the Sainsbury’s roundabout on the main road through Newbury - A339. There is plenty of pay and display parking near the museum.

The nearest car parks are;
Newbury Corn Exchange (Bear Lane) Car Park (Three spaces reserved for Blue Badge Holders.)
Newbury Library Car Park (Two spaces reserved for Blue Badge Holders.)

By bus or train
We are only a short walk from the town centre bus stops and Newbury Railway Station.

By boat
We are close to moorings in Victoria Park and about 10 minute’s walk along the towpath from the marina.

Museum App
‘Blaze’s West Berkshire Museum Adventure’ is a family orientated augmented reality guide, designed to encourage children to explore the museum in a brand new way, features the museum mascot, Blaze the dragon, as a virtual tour-guide.

The app, which works on iPads and iPhone 6 and later, is free to download from the Apple appstore in advance of your visit, or families can borrow the iPad provided at the museum.

Accessibility
The museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. There are lifts at each end of the building. Floors are tiles or hardwood and galleries are designed to allow a wheelchair user free movement around the displays.

The Welcome area is accessible by a ramp. The shop has a step but level access is available by entering and exiting through the same door and entering the rest of the Welcome area by the ramp.

Our panels and exhibition labels are printed in accordance with readability guidelines. We can also provide large print versions for most exhibitions. If there isn’t one in the gallery, please ask.

We have a set of evacuation procedures and should you require it someone will assist you with evacuation either out of the building or to a refuge. We have evac. chairs to assist.

If you would like somewhere quiet to sit, please ask our staff. There are seats in most galleries.

We welcome assistance dogs. See details about Blue Badge Holders parking above.

Access for visitors with autistic spectrum conditions
A sensory map of the museum is available to download here.

Sensory bag
A sensory bag is available at the museum reception, which is free for visitors to borrow. Inside a drawstring bag is a pair of universal ear defenders, wraparound sunglasses, magnifying glass and a selection of fidget/sensory toys to enhance a visit to the Museum. Please return the bag to reception at the end of your visit and, if possible, give some brief feedback on its contents, as we’re always looking to improve our offer.

Photography and filming
You are welcome to take photographs for personal use. Feel free to share them on social media. Please do not use a flash or tripod. We can accommodate professional filming and photo shoots. These must be booked in advance and a charge will be made. Please contact us to discuss museum@westberks.gov.uk

Research Enquiries
If you have an enquiry about your family history, local heritage, the museum collection or about identifying an object, please download and complete an enquiry form and email to museum@westberks.gov.uk

Entry to the museum is FREE.

Opening hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Open 10am – 4pm
Thursday Open 10am – 4pm
Friday Open 10am – 4pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

 

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