Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum to reopen on 22 September 2020

8 September 2020

The Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of Natural History are delighted to announce that they will both reopen to the public on Tuesday 22 September. Dr Laura Van Broekhoven, Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum, says: “I am delighted we can now open our doors again and welcome our much-missed audiences. I look forward to seeing the Museum come alive while visitors wander around enthused, inspired and surprised by the Pitt Rivers’ unique
space that holds a world within.”

Professor Paul Smith, Director of the Museum of Natural History, added: “Our building has been eerily quiet and empty for a long while now, so we are really looking forward to seeing visitors enjoying the space and exhibits once more. This year is our 160th anniversary and to mark that we are reopening with a temporary exhibition looking at the past and future of the Museum, ahead of exciting new permanent exhibitions that will open in 2021.”

Both museums will be open from 10.00 – 17.00 every day. Entry to the museums is free but all visitors will need to pre-book a timed ticket, giving access to both museums. Once in the museums, visitors are welcome to spend as long as they wish enjoying the collections. Due to space restrictions on the upper floors, access is currently limited to the ground floor spaces in both museums.

Over the past few months, museum staff have been working hard behind the scenes to adapt the Museum buildings and put in place measures to ensure people will have a safe and enjoyable visit. Safety measures will include:

  • Timed ticketed entry and limited visitor numbers
  • One-way routes in certain areas
  • Card payments only in the shop
  • All toilets and baby-changing rooms will be open
  • Queuing systems may be put in place where necessary, to maintain social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning and hygiene, including hand-sanitiser stations
  • All visitors will be required to wear face coverings (unless exempt for Access and
  • Equality reasons)

The Museum Café inside the Museum of Natural History will remain closed but visitors can enjoy hot drinks and homemade cakes at the Horsebox Coffee Company on the Museum lawn.