When are your venues re-opening?

Our venues will start to open from 4 July. Please visit our individual venue web pages to see when they will open.

What new measures will I see during my visit to your venues?

To help keep everyone safe, we’ve made some changes at our venues. We have introduced a number of measures in line with government guidelines to manage our visitor numbers and ensure we maintain social distancing to protect you, our staff and volunteers.

What are you doing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19?

We are:

  • Giving you a warm welcome at a safe distance
  • Introducing advanced booking to reduce queues 
  • Using signage to help you maintain social distance
  • Asking for cashless payment wherever possible
  • Providing hand sanitiser for you to use
  • Taking away high-contact exhibits and displays

Are you compliant with government guidance for museums?

In line with the National Museums Directors’ Council (NMDC) Good Practice Guidelines on Opening Museums After July 4th we can confirm that we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19. This guidance sets out five steps to safer working together, which are:

  • We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
  • We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
  • Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk

Are your risk assessments available to look at?

Yes, risk assessments for individual venues are available on the venue web page.

How do I know if the venue I want to visit will be open?

You can check the web page of the venue you wish to visit to see opening days and times.

Do I need to book?

We have introduced advanced booking to our free and charged museum venues to help us manage our visitor numbers. Please book a visiting time for each member of your party, including children.

Do I need to pay to visit?

Some of our venues have admission charges, these are clearly visible on the website and tickets can be booked online. Booking a timed visit is free at all venues.

Are your arts centres open?

Our three arts centres are open for pre-booked classes and workshops. Live performances are currently not allowed in line with government guidance. Please visit our arts centre websites for future opening times and further information:

If I have already booked a ticket for a museum, do I still need to book a visiting time?

Yes, this can be done at the same time as booking your ticket or if you already have a Pay Once Visit All Year ticket you should still book a time to visit. You do not need to pay again.

What if I don’t book a visiting time. Can I just turn up?

We strongly advise you to book a time. If you do not have a pre-booked visiting time, we will do our best to accommodate you, but cannot guarantee you will be able to visit.

How will I know my visiting time is booked?

We'll send you a booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email. You will need this for entry to the venue. 

I haven't got a ticket, just a confirmation email, what should I do?

For our free venues, your booking confirmation email is your ticket. Please either print a copy to bring with you or have it ready to show on a mobile device when you arrive.

For our venues with an admission charge, you will need your ticket and a visiting time. This will be in the form of a confirmation email or physical ticket depending on where you originally purchased it.

Are there any venues where booking in advance is essential?

Yes, we are unfortunately unable to admit visitors to the Westgate Museum who do not have a pre-booked ticket. This is because the museum has very limited capacity which we need to manage carefully. Entry is by pre-booked, timed ticket only.

Our three arts centres are only available for pre-booked classes.

I already have a ticket which lasts for a year but haven't been able to use it because of lockdown. Will you be extending the duration of my ticket?

Your existing ticket to one of our pay once visit all year venues (Aldershot Military Museum, Basing House and Milestones Museum) will be extended to account for the time our venues have been closed. Tickets purchased before 18 March 2020 will now be extended for use until 30 June 2021. Please show your ticket to one of our venue team on arrival and they will extend the duration of your ticket.


Do I need to print out my ticket or visiting time booking?

Please either print a copy to bring with you or have it ready to show on a mobile device when you arrive.

How long can I stay?

The visiting time is for your arrival time only. The length of time you can stay will depend on the opening times of the venue you're visiting and their session time length. Session times vary depending on the venue. Please check individual venue pages for this information.

What if I have booked and then have symptoms of COVID-19?

Please do not visit us if you or any members of your household are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has it. You can re-book or cancel your booking by logging in to your account. If you do not have an account, please email enquires@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk.

Have you withdrawn any exhibits?

We have reviewed exhibits, interactives and spaces which may pose a risk of spreading COVID-19 and removed interactives where appropriate. Please check individual venue pages for more information.

Can I book parking?

You do not need to pre-book for our car parks where we have them. However, please be mindful of other visitors, watch out for signage and adhere to social distancing where possible.

Please see the venue pages on our website for information on getting to our venues.

Will you be asking visitors to wear face masks?

Visitors may wear face masks should they wish. In line with government guidance, our staff and volunteers may be required to wear face masks in certain areas or circumstances.

Will toilets be open?

Toilet facilities are open and available where possible at our venues. However, with regular cleaning regimes you may have to wait or queue to use these facilities. Please note that Westgate Museum does not have toilet facilities. Please check individual venue details regarding facilities on our website. 

Will your shops be open?

Our retail areas are open as normal. Please use cashless payment for any purchases.

What food and drink will be available?

This varies depending on the venue. Please check on individual venue pages for this information. 

Can we bring our own food?

Many of our venues welcome picnics, especially in outdoor areas. Please check on individual venue pages for this information. 

Will you be accepting cash in venues?

We would rather accept cashless payment but will accept cash if necessary.

What if I have some feedback?

Implementing measures to keep us safe is new to all of us. We are continually reviewing our measures and working practices and appreciate your patience. We welcome any feedback, good or bad. If you have any concerns or questions during your visit, please talk to a member of our team – they will be happy to help you. If you would like to make any comments following your visit, please e-mail: enquiries@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk.