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National Railway Museum to reopen for visitors

The National Railway Museum in York is set to reopen for visitors from Thursday 3 December, following the latest Government coronavirus update.

The updated guidance places York and North Yorkshire in the Tier Two—‘High Alert’ category which permits entertainment venues such as galleries and museums to reopen.

From Thursday 3 December the museum will be open from 10.00–17.00, Wednesday to Sunday and will stay open in the run up to Christmas—traditionally a busy time of year.

Entry to the museum will be free, but visitors will need to book a ticket online. People will also be asked to observe social distancing, wear a face mask and follow dedicated Covid signage.

Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum, said: “I am really pleased and relieved that the National Railway Museum is able to reopen as planned following the latest advice. After the first lockdown, we introduced a range of measures such as one-way systems, hand sanitiser stations and signage to make a visit as safe as possible and despite the restrictions, visitor feedback has been very positive.”  

“I look forward to welcoming people back to the museum once again to experience our collection and to enjoy a family day out.” 

Visitors to the museum will be able to access Great Hall, home to locomotive favourites such as record-breaking Mallard, the streamlined Duchess of Hamilton and the Japanese Bullet Train.

Station Hall, home to the museum’s collection of six royal carriages and Stephenson’s original Rocket will also be reopening.

The miniature railway, model railway, under-5s play area, the café and gift shop will open for visitors, although some areas will remain closed and steam rides will not be reopening immediately.  

The National Railway Museum first reopened after national lockdown on 4 August and since then, 78,000 people have visited. To book a ticket, visit the museum website: www.railwaymuseum.org.uk.

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For more information, please contact:

Simon Baylis (01904 686 299 / simon.baylis@railwaymuseum.org.uk)
Pete Livesey (01904 809 646 / peter.livesey@railwaymuseum.org.uk)

About the National Railway Museum

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and prior to Covid-19, attracted more than 750,000 visitors per year
  • The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals and railway uniform, equipment, documents, records, artwork and photographs
  • Admission to the National Railway Museum is free
  • For more information visit www.railwaymuseum.org.uk
  • The National Railway Museum is part of the Science Museum Group of five national museums, which temporarily closed on 5 November as a result of the coronavirus