COVID-19 | The Fashion Museum

All tickets to the Fashion Museum must be booked online in advance. We are continuing to operate with additional safety measures, including asking everyone to wear face coverings indoors and social distancing. 

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A History of Fashion in 100 Objects exhibition


We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Fashion Museum. Our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff, and we are aware of the continuing need to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, we have decided to keep many of our COVID-19 safety policies, including encouraging everyone to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while onsite, until further notice.

Pre-bookings and timeslots

  • In order to visit the Fashion Museum you must pre-book your tickets and 15-minute entry timeslots. This includes Annual Pass holders and those who would normally have free access such as local residents.
  • The Assembly Rooms may be viewed for free without booking when they are not being used for a private event. Please be aware that admission to the Fashion Museum is not included in the Assembly Rooms visit.

Depending on availability, you can pre-book your ticket on the day if there are still slots available. 

  • One-way routes and social distancing:  We have reduced the number of people we can welcome to the museum at any one time and have introduced a new one-way system. Please follow the one-way system and keep your distance from other visitors.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings are required throughout your visit to the museum, unless you have a special exemption. Children under the age of 11 do not have to wear a face covering.
  • Toilets: Our toilets will be open, but we have introduced a one-way system to access them and will be limiting the numbers in the toilets at any one time.
  • Additional cleaning: We will be increasing our cleaning regimes in the toilets and throughout the Museum. While we will be thoroughly sanitising our Audioguide units between uses, we recommend that you bring your own headphones to use. Hand sanitiser will be available at key points around the museum, particularly before stairways where there are handrails.
  • Test and Trace: We encourage all visitors to check-in using the NHS COVID-19 app but we will not be collecting details of those who do not use the app. QR codes are available at the entrance for visitors to scan in using their phones. The app can be downloaded here from the Google Play or App Store. 

You can help us keep everyone safe and ensure the museum remains open for everyone to enjoy by:  

  • Being on time for your visit: Please be on time, as for safety reasons we may not be able to admit visitors who are late for their timeslot. If there are later time slots available on the date of your visit, you can rebook your tickets by calling 01225 477785.
  • Keeping your distance from other visitors
  • Taking a lateral flow test before visiting us. If you test positive for COVID-19 please do not visit and contact us to rearrange your tickets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the dressing up area open?

Yes, the dressing up area has now reopened for visitors to find out what it’s like to wear ‘make-believe’ Georgian and Victorian fashions! There will be limited items to try on and the area will be closed at 4.30pm for cleaning.

Is the café open?

The café is not currently open. We plan to bring it back as soon as we are able.

Can I visit as part of a group?

No, not at the moment. In accordance with government advice we will not be able to accept groups at the current time. We will be reviewing this on a regular basis and update you as soon as we can welcome groups safely again.

I need to cancel my booking or change the date, what should I do?

If you need to cancel your booking or change the date, please email us or call 01225 477785. Our phonelines are open Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm.

Is there anywhere to leave coats and luggage?

There is an unsupervised rail for coats. However, only backpacks up to a maximum of 30 litres are permitted to be brought into the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms. Luggage, including large rucksacks and pull along cases are not permitted on site but there are a number of storage facilities available across the city. The closest place to the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms for luggage storage is Bath Backpackers Hostel, close to the rail and bus stations.

Will the shop be open?

The shop is open on the exit route only and visitors are requested to keep a safe distance while shopping. Please be aware that for the time being the shop will be cashless and payments can be made by card only.

Will I have to print out my tickets or can I show them on my mobile device?

Visitors will be asked to show their ticket at the door on arrival and will then self-scan their ticket at the reception desk. You can bring your ticket with you on your mobile device or print it at home. 

Do Discovery Card Holders need to book tickets?

Yes, you will need to pre-book your visit online. You will receive free entry to the Fashion Museum as normal, but you will still need to have a booked time slot to visit. If you do not have a Discovery Card but you are a resident of Bath & North East Somerset Council, please bring proof of address and I.D with your pre-booked tickets.

Do Annual Pass Holders need to book tickets?

Yes, you will need to pre-book your visit online. You will not have to pay for a ticket but you will still have to book a reservation slot to visit.

I don’t have access to the internet, how do I book a ticket?

Please call our Group Bookings team on 01225 477785. Our phonelines are open Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm.