WHIPPLE MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE COVID-19 VISITOR GUIDELINES
6.1 Free timed tickets must be booked in advance via https://www.tickets.museums.cam.ac.uk. Please do your best to arrive on time (or preferably 5 minutes early) as we are operating timed ticketing and we want to make sure that your arrival experience is as smooth as possible. Museums and galleries now have a legal duty to have systems in place to obtain contact details for NHS Test and Trace, and to display the QR code poster for the NHS Test and Trace App. If you have provided your details and opted to share these with Test and Trace on our ticketing system, the Museum is required to keep these details for 21 days after your visit.
6.2. When you arrive at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, please queue at the back entrance. There is a buzzer at this entrance for attention, but a member of staff should be there at your start time. Your visit starts at the bottom of our stairs, and you may choose to enter the rear of our Special Exhibition Gallery or our Upper Gallery ‘Victorian Parlour’. Please see the plan downloadable at https://www.whipplemuseum.cam.ac.uk/visit-us to help guide you through the Museum. Note that the Learning Gallery is closed at the current time.
6.3. In order to remain Covid-secure, you must wear a face covering (unless you're exempt due to medical grounds). We ask that you please maintain 2m social distancing and avoid forming groups
6.4. Hand sanitiser is available on arrival and at various points throughout your visit.
6.5. Clear floor markings will help you move around the collection. We are asking visitors to, where possible, keep left and move in a clockwise direction within each gallery and to always keep two metres away from others. You may be asked to wait until others have moved on before proceeding into the next room. Bear in mind that you may find yourself entering at the rear of galleries. Signs will direct you
6.6. If you feel unwell at any stage during your visit, please alert a member of staff immediately so we can assist you.
6.7. Check our Visit Us https://www.whipplemuseum.cam.ac.uk/visit-us pages for information on how to get to us, and transport options, and please read all the information below so we can help you have an enjoyable visit. Our opening hours are Wednesdays and Fridays 12.30-5pm, but please only enter during your allotted time slot. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
6.8. We do not have much space to store valuable items, so please do not bring anything you cannot carry with you around the museum - only hand-carry backpacks and small bags will be permitted.
6.9. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are currently no publicly available toilets on-site. The nearest public toilets are at the Grand Arcade.
6.10. You are welcome to consume your own food outside the rear entrance of the Museum, but please do not bring food or drink into the galleries.
6.11. Our shop will remain closed at the current time. You can also visit our shop online at our online shop.
6.12. Please only use the lift if you have mobility issues or have a pushchair and only one household or social bubble at a time.
6.13. Please do not smoke anywhere in the Museum building or grounds. This includes e-cigarettes.
6.14. Sketching is allowed in the galleries provided the galleries are not too busy. When sketching, please be aware of other visitors and make sure there is no risk to people or works in the gallery. No pastels, ink or liquid colour, including oils may be used.
6.15. You may take photographs in the public galleries for non-commercial, personal use only, providing you do not use a flash, protruding lenses, tripods or other specialist equipment, and take care not to inconvenience other visitors or put any of the works of art at risk. Please note that many works in the collection are subject to copyright and publication restrictions. In taking images during your visit, you take full responsibility for all copyright and other legal obligations relating to them.
6.16. In accordance with government guidelines, if you are feeling unwell, or are living with someone who is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 please delay your visit. You can find out more about the current guidelines at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
6.17. After your visit, you can exit the museum using the entrance you arrived at. The recent pandemic has profoundly impacted the economic situation of the cultural sector, the Whipple Museum of the History of Science included. If you are able, please consider making a donation at our contactless donation point which are placed at the exit. Your support has never been more important. Thank you.
Naturally the situation may change at short notice, and we will be following the latest government guidelines at all times, so please check back here before your visit for the most up-to-date visitor information.
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