Every visitor to the Museum is encouraged to pre-book their slot, including Members and valid Annual Pass holders. Each slot has a limited amount of spaces available and without a booking we may not be able to allow you entry.

We are open as usual each day from 10am to 5pm and you’re welcome to stay as long as you like.

If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) please save your visit for another time.

At this time we are unable to accept any other free passes such as the Art Fund Pass and Blue Peter Badge holders.

Face masks and face coverings

Wearing a face mask in the Museum is now a personal choice.

One-way route

A signposted one-way route around the Museum has been created and takes in all galleries and exhibitions, including Monsters of the Deep, our latest blockbuster exhibition. However, if you prefer to explore the galleries using your own route, that’s good with us too.

Hand sanitiser

There are a number of hand sanitiser stations throughout the Museum for you to use.


We are keeping the Museum well ventilated. This may mean on windy days the Museum becomes chilly. We recommend bringing an extra layer and wrapping-up warm.

Toilet facilities

The toilet facilities are open and will be cleaned throughout the day. We have hand dryers and paper towels available as well as motion operated soap dispensers and taps.

Food and drink

You can still have a brew with a view in our café – hot drinks with tasty cakes and snacks are available.

Gift Shop

Visit our Shop for gifts inspired by the sea.


Are you still offering annual passes?

Yes! Pay once, get in free for a year.

Will I have to wear a face covering?

Wearing a face mask is now a personal choice.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes, you are welcome to bring a picnic. Picnics can be eaten in our café area. We kindly ask that you clear your table and take your rubbish home with you.

I’m bringing a pushchair, is there somewhere to leave it?

No, the cloakroom areas are not currently available. You are welcome to take the pushchair around the Museum with you – please read our access guide.

Are you taking group bookings?

Yes, we are accepting group bookings. If you have a query about group bookings please email

Free entry pass holders

For the foreseeable we are only allowing free entry to annual pass holders, under 5s and carers. We plan to review this on a regular basis.