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Staying safe

While COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, there are still steps that we can all take so that everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit. While you are at the Willis Museum… 

We will

  • Give you a warm and friendly welcome 

  • Provide hand sanitiser for you to use 

  • Regularly monitor and clean shared spaces

We ask you to

  • Keep a comfortable distance between you and other people 

  • Wear a face mask unless you are exempt 

  • Enjoy your visit! 

If you have any concerns or questions during your visit, please talk to a member of our team – we will be happy to help you. 

You can find out answers to some commonly asked questions in our Staying safe FAQs

Please do not visit 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.  


Hot and cold drinks, ice creams, cakes and snacks are available from Café Willis..  

Bring your own cup! 

Get 30p off your hot drink in the museum café when you bring your own reusable cup! Simply present your cup to a member of staff to claim your discount.  


Hampshire Cultural Trust is a registered charity. The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on all of us. Please donate to help us re-connect our communities through culture.



The museum has ramped access to the front door and automatic and power assisted doors to the Sainsbury Gallery and Café Willis. It has a stairlift to the first and second floors with some restrictions, please ask staff for clarification. Please contact us on 01256 465902 before making a special journey.

Group visits

The Willis Museum has a number of school sessions available or can accommodate other group visits. There are two exciting, self-led programmes available for KS1 and KS2.

How to get here

By car
from the north, take J6 of the M3, or the A33 south of Reading; 
from the south, take J7 of the M3. Follow signs for Town Centre and brown signs to the Top of the Town. Parking is available in several car parks or in Festival Place Shopping Centre.

By rail
the museum is within walking distance of Basingstoke station. 
Follow signs for Festival Place Shopping Centre, walk through Festival Place and out of the south exit into Wote Street. Walk up the hill and the museum is in the town’s historic Market Place.

Venue hire

The 2nd floor gallery will seat up to 60 people in a lecture style layout and 20 people in cabaret/boardroom style.

The 1st floor Ellaway room provides a meeting space for smaller groups and activities. It can comfortably seat 12 people boardroom style, with scope for adapting the layout to suit different activities such as craft workshops.

For more information and to book please call 01256 465902.

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