Kelham Island Museum is now open! We have missed you!

We have introduced new measures to help the museum remain a COVID secure space. The health, safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our greatest priority so whist things will be a little different, we are excited to be able to welcome you back.

Our new opening times and admission prices:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 11am – 3pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Adults: £7.00

Children (under 16 years): FREE


Visitors can now book advance tickets online:



For now, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel Workshop will remain closed. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.


What to expect from your visit to Kelham Island Museum:


  • Tickets to the museum will be limited each day.
  • Visitors can now book advance tickets online: https://october-november-museum-entry.eventbrite.co.uk
  • There will be some availability for walk-ins, however we recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment. 
  • Please choose a timed arrival slot of 11am/1pm Monday to Wednesday or 11am/1.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Once you are in the museum, you can stay as long as you like during opening hours.
  • When you arrive, we will ask for your contact details as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme. You can check in using our NHS COVID-19 app QR code if you have the app installed on your mobile phone or you can use our alternative check in system.
  • If you have a SIMT membership, there is no need to pre-book. Please come to the museum reception and show your membership card.


  • Visitor parking is at the end of the island with accessible parking behind the Bessemer. You’ll see signs to direct you when you arrive. Parking is free.
  • Information will be displayed at the main entrance to let you know about our new measures to help keep the museum a COVID secure space.
  • You may have to queue a short while although we have introduced timed tickets to help avoid this.
  • We ask all visitors over the age of 11 to please wear a face covering during your visit. If you have an exemption card due to medical reasons, please let our staff know.

Social Distancing

  • We have introduced a one-way route around the museum to ensure you don’t miss a thing. You can walk the route as often as you like, so please don’t worry if you think you’ve missed something. Please stick to the route and allow others to safely pass if needed.
  • There are floor markers around the museum to help remind us of social distancing guidelines and to keep 2m away from other visitors.
  • Contactless card payments will be the primary payment method available.

Hygiene and Cleaning

  • Hand sanitising facilities will be available at various points around the museum.
  • We have introduced thorough and frequent cleaning schedules throughout the museum.
  • Safety screens will be in place in the admissions and shop area.


  • Our visitor toilets have been renovated prior to our reopening.
  • We have increased our cleaning and sanitising schedule of these areas.

Museum Galleries

  • Some areas will not be accessible as we can’t safely maintain social distancing in these spaces.
  • We have temporarily removed some of our interactive hands-on exhibits.
  • The Melting Shop soft play area will remain closed for now.
  • We are unable to run the River Don Engine for now.

Island Café+Bar and Millowners Arms

  • The onsite Island Café+Bar and Millowners Arms traditional pub are both open daily and offer a range of food and drink. You can prebook a table at Millowners here https://www.facebook.com/themillownersarms/
  • You can enjoy the large social distanced beer garden with table service.
  • If you have brought your own picnic, you are welcome to use the outdoor seating, subject to availability.

As a reminder, to help us keep visitors and staff safe, you will be asked to:

  • Maintain social distancing guidelines and keep 2m from other visitors.
  • Use the hand sanitising stations provided and wash your hands regularly.
  • Wear a face covering / mask when indoors.
  • Provide your details for the NHS Test and Trace system.
  • Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose of in the bins provided.
  • Stay with your group during your visit and supervise children in your group at all times.
  • Not attend the museum if you have Covid-19 symptoms:
    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
    • current guidance is that you should be isolating due to having Covid-19 symptoms (10 days isolation) or if you have had contact with someone with Covid-19 symptoms (14 days isolation).
    • Contact the NHS Test and Trace system if you become unwell with Covid-19 symptoms after a visit.
    • Follow our new guidelines displayed around the museum. Our staff will let you know of any further measures which may be put in place to keep you safe.

Feeling unwell when at the museum?

  • If you feel unwell during your visit, with symptoms compatible with Covid-19, please avoid contact with other visitors and seek immediate medical attention by contacting a member of staff.


Contact us

Get in touch with us using the form below or email ask@simt.co.uk