The museum is now open to members, members of the public, in small groups, on most Tuesdays 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.15pm). Please read our guidance below.


Please note the following in order to reduce the risk of infections to other visitors, staff and volunteers:

  • Please do not visit if you or any members of your household are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in recent contact with anyone who has it. 

  • Please use the handgel provided.

  • All visits to the museum will be via a defined route (NB. Access to the upper and basement floors are solely via stairs) and maintaining social distancing is requested.

  • Whilst it is no longer a requirement under law to wear a face covering within the museum, it would be a courtesy to do so for our volunteers and other visitors unless you have a medical exemption.


If you would like to arrange a group visit for a school, college, university or other educational organisation, please contact us first.

We are open to everyone, but we are a charity so we do ask visitors to leave a donation, or why not become a member? Donations and member subscriptions are vital so we can continue to run such a varied programme of events throughout the year and maintain the museum building and its collections.

DISABLED ACCESS:  We have disabled access to the Lecture Hall and also the ground floor via a stair-lift. We will endeavour to make specific items available to view on request.

PARKING: Our premises have limited parking (25 spaces).  These spaces are only for members, visitors to the museum or others on Society business. Additional free parking can be found on Annerley Road (200 yards walk) or pay and display parking is available on the surrounding side roads (e.g. Knyveton Road, Derby Road and Manor Road).

BICYCLE:  We have two Sheffield bike stands at the front of our building where bicycles can be locked securely.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: MORE Buses M2, U1, X3 and Yellow Buses 1, 1a, 1b stop directly outside the building at the Derby Road stops on Christchurch Road (A35).  All major Yellow Buses routes stop at Lansdowne (a 5-10 minute walk to the BNSS); including the 2, 3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 6, 6a, N5.  We are a 10-15 minute walk from Bournemouth train & National Express coach station.

Map to BNSS