Re-opening Frequently Asked Questions

We are so excited to reopen the museum and can’t wait to welcome you back, but we will look a little different for a while.

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Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times.

We're following government guidelines and are making some changes to make sure that everyone who visits, works and volunteers in and around our museums and attractions can enjoy their day safely.

On arrival, please park away from other cars and read the signs before entering to keep yourselves and others safe.

We hope we’ve answered all your questions but if there is anything else you would like to know before your visit, please do get in touch.

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Do I need to book online before I visit?

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It isn't necessary to book online before you visit. However, this will regularly be reviewed as part of our commitment to make sure visitors can maintain a safe distance. So please keep an eye on this page to see if this changes before your visit.

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My annual pass expired during lockdown, will it be extended?

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Yes, your annual pass will be extended accordingly. Please bring it with you on your next visit and discuss with the front of house team.

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What safety measures have you put in place regarding coronavirus?

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There is a signposted one-way route around the site to follow to make sure that you get the most out of your visit. You will see members of our team out and about who may ask you to wait a moment if there is another party exploring an exhibit, to ensure a suitable social distance is maintained. We have installed hand sanitising stations throughout the museum, to allow visitors to keep their hands clean and these are clearly signed.

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Are you supporting the NHS Track and Trace Service?

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We are supporting the NHS Track and Trace initiative and ask you to download the new NHS Test and Trace app before visiting and have your phone ready to scan the code on arrival. This will come into force on 24 September 2020. For our visitors without smartphones, there is an alternative way to record your details but to support the NHS, we would urge you to follow the app.

This is in line with other organisations in the sector together with restaurants, bars and hotels. For more information please visit our Privacy Policy.

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Will you be checking people’s temperature before they enter the museum?

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No, based on the current government guidance and advice, we won’t be checking people's temperature.

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What are the red dots across the site for?

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We have installed red dots on all the high touch points. Please wash or sanitize your hands after touching them. You will find sanitizer stations across the site.

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Are the volunteers back?

 

Now our volunteer co-ordinator is back at work we are starting to bring back our team of amazing volunteers. 

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Are all parts of the museum open?

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A few of the areas will be unavailable for a while as we carefully wake up our collection and archive. Please visit the museum homepage for more information.

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Are the toilets open?

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Yes, the toilets are open. Please take care when entering and exiting and follow the guidance displayed.

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Is the café open for food and drinks?

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Our café is open offering takeaway refreshments with limited seating indoors and outdoors. Please see details of our menu. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page future updates.

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Is the gift shop open?

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Yes, our gift shop is open, but we would ask you to only touch the items you are going to purchase. You will notice perspex screens at our till points to help keep everyone safe.

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Can I pay with cash?

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We are happy to accept any type of payment, but we would prefer contactless card payments. You will see members of our team in the shop who may ask you to wait a moment when browsing in the shop.

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Do I need to wear a face mask?

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We ask you to wear a face covering when you are indoors at the museum. This includes the welcome desk, around our indoor exhibits, the gift and cafe but we understand this is impractical when you are eating and drinking. You may see some of our team wearing personal protective equipment to enhance our safety measures.

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Can I use the interactives?

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Yes, you can use the interactives, but we would ask you to sanitise your hands before and after use. You will find sanitiser stations across the site.

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Is the boat trip be operating?

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No, due to social distancing requirements, the boat trip will not be operating for the time being.

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Will you be holding any events or activities during the summer holidays?

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Due to social distancing requirements, we will not be organising any activities or events for the time being. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for future updates.

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I don’t feel ready to visit just yet. How can I engage online so I don’t feel like I’m missing out?

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We will continue to update our website with new offerings for you to enjoy, including our virtual tours. You can also keep in touch with us and read our stories on Facebook.

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Can i use the lift?

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Our lift is available to those who need it and use will be regulated to ensure that only people from the same group are using it at any one time. Please note that part of the Island Warehouse is currently unavailable and we will advise when we are able to reopen it.

We will continue to follow government guidelines and will update our safety measures and this page accordingly.

Telephone 0151 355 5017

Email nationalwaterwaysmuseum@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Last date edited: 26 October 2020