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Science Museum Group Temporary Closure

Our mission is to inspire futures. But right now we are continuing to focus on today and on the health and welfare of our visitors and colleagues as the nation comes together to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the closure of all of our sites in March.

This includes our five museums: the Science Museum in London; National Railway Museum in York; Science and Industry Museum in Manchester; National Science and Media Museum in Bradford; and Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham. 

We welcome the announcement by the Prime Minister on 23 June to allow the safe reopening of museums and galleries to the public this summer. We look forward to welcoming back old friends and igniting the curiosity of many more people who haven’t yet had the chance to visit us and will share more details soon. To be the first to hear about our re-opening plans, please sign up to our email newsletter.

While our doors continue to be closed for a while, our collection—and the inspirational stories it contains—remain open to you online. Our talented teams, who have dealt so professionally with the challenges of the past few months, have found new ways to ignite your curiosity and lift your spirits during some difficult days.

Thank you for support for our museums and thank you for pulling together at this concerning time. Please stay safe and keep in touch with us through our social media channels.

Best wishes,
Sir Ian Blatchford
Director and Chief Executive, Science Museum Group