The Cooper Gallery is open to the public all year round. Please note that exhibition spaces are closed to the public during change of exhibition.
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 3pm during initial covid reopening.
Closed Sunday and Bank Holidays.
The shop stocks a beautiful range of gift ideas all hand crafted by local artists. Pick up everything from prints and jewellery to ceramics and stationery, is really is a treasure trove of delights.
Impressions and Joshua’s at the Cooper
The Gallery is home to two warm and welcoming cafes serving a delicious range of food and drink. Impressions is situation inside the Gallery and Joshua’s at the Cooper found in the recently converted cottages. Both are perfect for a light lunch or afternoon tea.
There is lots of town centre parking available close to the museum, many of which are free at the weekend
Is the Gallery open?
Our gallery will be reopening on Monday, 17 May in line with the government road map. From Monday, 12 April our gift shop will be open offering a range of beautiful gift ideas.
Joshua’s café are currently offering a takeway afternoon tea service.
Do I have to book a ticket?
When we reopen you don’t need to book a ticket, just pop along and see us! There is reduced capacity inside the Museum so there maybe a short wait during busy periods.
Do I need to provide personal details?
In line with government guidance, the personal details you provide as part of booking may be used to support the NHS Test and Trace process to control the spread of coronavirus.
This data will be only be made available to NHS to help contain the spread of the virus if an outbreak is identified within our museums or galleries. This is in line with other organisations in the sector as well as businesses such as pubs, restaurants and hotels.
Can you ensure a safe visit?
We have been awarded the Good To Go status, designed by VisitEngland and recognised by the National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This Industry Standard mark confirms that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
You will notice some small changes during your visit designed to make it a safe and enjoyable experience:
- We’ll be limiting the number of visitors to the Museum
- We are maintaining a two-metre social distance inside the Museums
- There will be hand sanitisers available around the venues
- Our shops will only accept cashless payments
- Visitors are required to wear face coverings throughout our museums and galleries, including the shop
- We have temporarily removed interactive elements to limit people’s contact with hard or shared surfaces
- We’ll be managing toilet facilities to control the number of people in and out and ensuring regular enhanced cleaning takes place
- A one way system is in place to prevent overcrowding in popular spaces and some areas remain closed
- We will be doing lots of extra cleaning to make sure they are safe spaces for our visitors
Will we have to wear face coverings to visit the museums and galleries?
In line with government guidance, visitors within our museums and galleries are required to wear a face covering in our inside spaces but please let us know if you have an exemption.
Will you be checking people’s temperature before they enter the venues?
No, based on the current government guidance and advice, we won’t be checking people’s temperature.
Will the toilet facilities be open?
Our toilet facilities will be open, with limited capacity to enable social distancing. Our team will be carefully managing these areas so there may be a short wait to use the facilities. All our washrooms will be cleaned thoroughly and regularly throughout the day for your safety.
I don’t feel comfortable returning yet. How can I engage with the museum without physically visiting?
We will be continuing our digital work including virtual tours and events.
Will the gift shop be open?
Yes however payments will be card only.