The Museum of Bath at Work to reopen

The Museum of Bath at Work to reopen

Posted on: 30 Jul 2020

Delve into Bath’s industrial and commercial heritage. 


One of Bath’s top attractions is ready to welcome back visitors: The Museum of Bath at Work reopening on Saturday 1 August, following its closure in March due to COVID-19. 


The local history museum explores two thousand years of working life through a series of authentically reconstructed workplaces, workshops and display galleries.


To ensure the safety of staff and visitors, the Museum will operate with a series of new social distancing guidelines. 


Here’s what you need to know.



The Museum of Bath at Work will reopen at 13:30 on Saturday 1 August.


For now, the Museum will operate with slightly reduced opening hours, opening every day in the afternoon, from 13:30 to 17:00. Last entry to the Museum is 16:00.


No prior booking is required to visit the Museum, but visitors will be asked to comply with social distancing measures inside the venue. 


Among the new measures introduced by the Museum are a one-way system, increased cleaning regime and a two-metre social distancing rule.


Visitors will be asked to wash their hands upon entry to the Museum, and toilets will be open to only one person or family group at a time.



Speaking of the Museum’s reopening, Chairman of Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Dr Trevor Turpin said:


“It is fantastic news for residents and visitors that the Museum of Bath at Work can open its doors once again and we are looking forward to welcoming people back.


“However, we must continue to do all we can to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the same time as providing a great visitor experience.


“Although we have to introduce restrictions at the Museum of Bath at Work this should not detract from people’s enjoyment of this famous attraction.”


Equipped with a unique local history collection, The Museum of Bath at Work documents and celebrates Bath’s industrial and commercial heritage.


The centrepiece of the Museum, covering an entire floor, is the reconstructed engineering and soft drinks factory of Victorian businessman J. B. Bowler.


The Museum, which opened in 1978, is housed in a former Real Tennis Court, built in 1777. 

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