FAQs | The Fashion Museum

Subject to Government guidance, the Fashion Museum will reopen in May 2021.

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A History of Fashion in 100 Objects exhibition


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).

Where can I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets online or on arrival at the Fashion Museum entrance desk. Visitors receive a 10% discount when booking tickets online.

Are you open every day?

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

How far are you from the train/bus station?

It is a 20-minute walk from the train/bus station to the Fashion Museum.

How long is the journey from London?

It is about an hour and a half by train, or four hours by coach from London to Bath.

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 Experience Assistant can take you to the lift. More details are available on our accessibility page.

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.

How sustainable is the Fashion Museum?

We seek to reduce our carbon footprint in many different ways including using energy-efficient lighting throughout the building and being committed to recycling. Read our full list of initiatives on our Sustainability page

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.

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.

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 477173 or [email protected].

Is there anything for children?

Yes. Children can try on replica Georgian and Victorian dress in our dressing up area. There are drawing cards in the galleries and children can also take part in a sticker trail. Just ask at reception when you buy your ticket.

Can adults try on replica dress too?

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

What does the admission cost include?

Admission to the Fashion Museum includes the audioguide available in twelve languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. 

Are there guided tours of the Fashion Museum?  

Yes. There are 30 minute Highlights Tours at 12.00 and 16.00 (March–October) and 12.00 and 15.00 (November–February) included in the ticket price. The tour takes you round our headline display, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects celebrating fashion from the 1600s to the present day. (Tours run most days, subject to staff availability).

For a supplementary charge you can arrange exclusive guided tours for your group in advance of a visit by contacting our group bookings team on 01225 477785.

How big are the museum galleries?

The Fashion Museum galleries are approximately 1200 m².

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 broadly arranged 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 borrow a mannequin from the Fashion Museum for my exhibition? 

We do not have spare mannequins or display underpinnings (such as net skirts etc.) that we lend for displays.

I have an item I'd like to donate to the Fashion Museum – what do I need to do?

Thank you for thinking of the Fashion Museum; we do appreciate you considering us as a home for your precious objects.  Just at the moment, however, we have paused accepting any new donations to the Museum collection.

You might instead like to contact a museum near to where you live, perhaps the place where the pieces in question were worn or made, or a similar local connection. Fashion and accessories are such personal mementos, giving a real sense of the lives of people in the past.

I'm interested in volunteering, placements or internships at the Fashion Museum. Do you have any positions available?

There are currently no volunteering, placement opportunities or internship curatorial positions on offer at the Fashion Museum. 

Further information about work experience as part of the Visitor Experience team can be found on our jobs page.

Is it possible to interview someone in the Fashion Museum in connection with my studies or would I be able to send a questionnaire to be filled in by the Fashion Museum?

Sorry, no. However, please do send general enquiries to [email protected]. We will help if we can and reply within 10 working days.

I'm interested in paid work at the Fashion Museum. Do you have any positions available?

There are no current vacancies at the Fashion Museum. Further information about job opportunities and where they are advertised can be found on our jobs page.

How do I access images of objects in the Fashion Museum collection?

All images of objects in the Fashion Museum collection are licensed through the Bridgeman Art Library.

Are Fashion Museum curators available to give talks, lectures and workshops at external events?

Yes, we speak at a number of events each year, depending on availability, location and work schedules.

I'm interested in speaking at a Fashion Museum event, or have an idea for an event – how do I get in touch?

Please download and complete the form available here, and email it to [email protected]. We review applications each quarter when we're planning our events programme, and will be in touch should we wish to progress with your idea.