Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: CLOSED

The Museum is closed on the following Bank holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday.

The Museum is also closed for approximately two weeks over the Christmas period, please check this page for specific dates each year.

Christmas and New Year closure 2014/2015: Closed Wednesday 24th December and re-opening Monday 12th January.




Oct 8, 2014

As part of the Museum's new exciting project arising from the recent award from Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, a project conservator, Rachel Howie, has been working on some of the Museum's most prized specimens with the aim of enhancing digital access to these special objects.


Sep 5, 2014

One of the most iconic of Cambrian age fossils from the famous Burgess Shale is a little (3.5 cm long) creature called Hallucigenia, which has been the subject of considerable controversy for several decades. Now, researchers, Martin Smith and Javier Ortega-Hernandez from the Department of Earth Sciences have reinvestigated this strange creature and its relationship to other animals.