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Exhibition changeover at the Fashion Museum


View frequently asked questions and answers on a number of topics.

What are your opening hours?

In summer (March to October inclusive) from 10.30 to 18.00 (last admissions 17.00).

In winter (November to February inclusive) from 10.30 to 17.00 (last admissions 16.00).

Are you open every day?

Yes, every day apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Can I view the Assembly Rooms as part of my visit?

The Assembly Rooms are free to view unless they are booked for a private event. Please check the availability nearer the time of your visit on 01225 477789.

Is there anything for children?

Yes. Children can try on replica Victorian sporting dress. There are drawing cards in the galleries. There is also a sticker trail and ‘activity rucksacks’ for kids. Just ask at Reception when you buy your ticket.

Can adults try on replica dress too?

Yes. There is replica Victorian dress for men and women to try on.

Is there anywhere to leave coats and luggage?

Yes, there is an unsupervised coat rail for coats. However, our advice is to visit without heavy bags and rucksacks as we do not have a manned cloakroom.  

Are there guided tours of the Fashion Museum?  

Yes. There are Welcome Tours each day at 12.00 and 16.00 from 1 March to 31 October, and 12.00 and 15.00 from 1 November to 28 February, included in the ticket price. In addition, for a supplementary charge, you can arrange exclusive guided tours for your group in advance of a visit by contacting our group booking team on Tel 01225 477785.

How big are the museum galleries?

The Fashion Museum galleries are approximately 1200 m3.

How much is on display?

Generally, there are over 165 dressed figures on display, although these may not necessarily be the same exhibits. The displays are arranged broadly chronologically.

How often do the displays change?

Generally, once a year, although this does not mean that all the displays change each year. We undertake major display changes from early January to mid February every year.

Can I take photographs in the galleries?

Yes, but without flash please. There are some displays where photography is not permitted, and these areas in the museum galleries are clearly marked. 

Can I sketch in the galleries?

Yes. We encourage sketching objects on display. It is quite busy in the museum galleries so we ask visitors not to use paint or crayons with water.

Can I leave my bicycle when I visit?  

Yes, there are bike racks at Alfred Street and Bennett Street on either side of the Fashion Museum. Sorry though, we can’t look after children’s scooters at Reception.

Is the Fashion Museum fully accessible?

Yes. The museum galleries are on the lower ground floor of the Assembly Rooms and are accessible by lift. Please mention your needs at reception when you visit so that a visitor services assistant can take you to the lift. More details are available on our accessibility page.

Is there a car park at the Fashion Museum?

Sorry, no. There is on-street parking in Bennett Street, Alfred Street and other streets near the Assembly Rooms.

Which car park do you suggest for visitors to the Fashion Museum?

Charlotte Street car park is the nearest car park.  We advise visitors to use the Park and Ride service.

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