Find out more about our exciting Main Hall re-rig here.
From Saturday 4 November for five weeks, we’re undertaking some work in our Main Hall to assess and reorientate the hanging boats, perform a number of conservation tasks and give everything a jolly good clean.
During The Main Hall Re-rig, the ground floor of the Museum will be a hive of activity, so it means we’re having to restrict access whilst the work is taking place. You can follow along and watch progress from the Museum’s balconies – and from our social media accounts too.
The changes don’t finish here. In the New Year we’re redisplaying the boats on the ground floor and updating their stories and information – more to come on this soon. Once we’re done, the Main Hall will beam.
|Saturday 4 November – Sunday 10 December||Ground floor of the Museum (except Pirates) closed, reopening on Monday 11 December|
|Monday 13 – Monday 27 November||Café closed, reopening on Tuesday 28 November|
The Main Hall Re-rig wouldn’t be possible without the support of by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation.
What areas of the Museum are open?
Many areas of the Museum are still open, including:
What areas of the Museum are closed?
The ground floor of the Museum is closed to the public. This includes:
When the Waterside Café is closed, can I still get refreshments in the Museum?
The café is closed Monday 13 – Monday 27 November, reopening on Tuesday 28 November. During this time no refreshments will be available, however, there’s lots of lovely cafes and restaurants on Events Square directly outside the Museum. If you buy a day pass you will not be issued with a ticket – if you leave the Museum for lunch or refreshments and wish to return, please keep hold of your receipt for the team to check.
Will I still be able to visit the Pirates exhibition?
The Pirates exhibition will remain fully open.
Are you still running Minnows Tales on a Monday?
Minnows Tales will continue to run throughout the Main Hall closure and will be held in the Museum’s Lecture Theatre.
Can I still make an enquiry with the Library?
The Library team will remain working throughout and are contactable Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm via email email@example.com or phone 01326 214579. Find out more about The Bartlett Maritime Research Centre & Library. During the Main Hall closure, the Library will not be accessible to the public.
Will there be a reduction in the admission price during this time?
We are offering a day pass for £7.50 for adults and £3 for under 18s (under 5s will continue to be free). If you would like an annual pass, we will be selling those at the normal rate.
Will the Museum still be accessible to wheelchair users and others with additional access requirements?
All public areas of the Museum are still fully accessible via a ramp in the Pirates exhibition and the lifts at each end of the building.
Here are some photos of the progress so far. Be sure to check back for regular updates.