The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our top priority at VDM and we have introduced a number of new procedures to ensure the museum and cafe are as safe as possible. Our main aim is ensure a visit to the museum is fun but also safe.

What to expect when you visit

All our staff and volunteers will be wearing face coverings. We also ask that visitors wear a face cover (this is now mandatory by law since Friday 24th July 2020) Staff and volunteers will be sanitising touch areas throughout the day.

When you enter the museum you will notice signs all around the museum to help guide you through the museum safely, including floor stickers marking a 2 meter distance and there are a number of hand sanitising stations throughout.

We ask that when you enter you use the hand sanitiser that is located on the wall in front of the entrance, then enter to the right and make your way round to the reception desk, where our reception team will greet you and explain the new guidelines. They will also ask you for a name and contact telephone number or email address, this is for the government requirement Track and Trace system. Your details will be kept for the recommended 3 weeks, stored securely and then destroyed in line with GDPR.

If you are here to visit the museum the reception staff will guide you through to the main galleries, where each area of has a maximum number of people allowed which will be clearly marked on signs around the galleries.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer the usual hands on experience throughout the museum and we kindly ask that you refrain from touching anything that is roped off, but we are very pleased to still have all our interactive buttons available for visitors to use, sanitising wipes and hand sanitising gel will be available at each area. Please use these as needed.

This does mean that we are unable to have our very popular children’s gallery trails sheets available. If you would like your children to take part in the current gallery trails you can download our current trail sheets (Souvenir Trail and Rocking Around the World Trail) to print at home and bring along with your own pencil to complete. Sadly we will not be giving out stickers.

Due to space restrictions the mezzanine area in the main galleries and the Research Library will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

Children will as always need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Visiting the Cafe

The Cafe staff will all be wearing face coverings and tables and chairs will be sanitised between customers.

Once you have been through reception you will be asked to wait in the cafe area to be seated by a member of the cafe team. This is to ensure that tables and chairs are sanitised between customers.

We are running table service only with a reduced menu, which you will find on each table. Please stay seated and a member of the cafe team will take your order at the table.

Please wear a face covering when entering and leaving the cafe, removing them only to eat and drink.

Please pay by contactless where possible.

The reduced cafe menu

These measures will be in place for the foreseeable future. Please bear with us as we navigate this unusual time.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.