Whilst we are closed for day-to-day visits, we are open for learning visits for both schools and home-educating families on certain days.

We are excited to invite home-educating families for an exclusive visit to the Museum and Gardens on Wednesday 9th June. Our learning team will be on hand during the day to chat to you about your needs and the things you’d like to see us develop. We will be launching a new dedicated series of activities for home learners later this year, and would love your input to make sure it meets your learning needs.

Whilst here, take the opportunity to visit the museum galleries, view the dioramas and explore the gardens and woodland, and picnic on the lawns. This is a ticketed open day and pre-booking is essential by emailing: learning@powell-cottonmuseum.org

Timed tickets are available at:

10:00, 11:30 (now fully booked), 13:00, 14:30


Child: £6 incl vat

Parents/responsible persons: free, limited to 1 adult per 5 children. Additional adults will be £6 per person.

We have answered some questions specifically relating to home educator visits below. For SEND specific downloadable information please visit our SEND page.


How many supervising adults can come per booking?

There is no limit as to how many supervising adults can be added to the booking however we have a limit of one free supervising adult or responsible person for every 5 children. Additional adults on the same booking will be charged £6.

Is the price the same for home educator visits the same as school visits?

Yes. We charge £5+vat per child. We never charge for supervising adults and teachers but there will be a limit on how many can visit per booking.

When can we visit?

At the moment we have one planned home-educators visit day in the diary. We hope you will join us on this date, but if you can’t we hope to release more dates this year. Please note the museum, house and gardens are currently closed for 2 years whilst we undertake our reimagining programme. We will be open for special events, school visits and other learning visits on specified dates.

Will we have exclusive use of the museum during our visit?

The museum, house and gardens are currently closed for day to day visits whilst we undertake a programme of re-imagining. During this time, capacities for visits will be strictly adhered to. On home educator visits day, other home educating families will be visiting. You may also see museum staff, researchers or volunteers during your visit. If you do see someone at work, please say and hello and ask us questions about what we are doing, we’re a friendly bunch.

Can we visit Quex House during our visit?

Quex House will remain closed for visitor access on this day.

Have you got a COVID-19 risk assessment?

All our risk assessments for learning visits have been reviewed in light of the current circumstances. When you book onto this event we will send you a copy of our risk assessment.

How do we book?

This is a ticketed open day and pre-booking is essential. Tickets will be released as soon as museums are given permission to open. If you would like to be notified about ticket releases please email us at learning@powell-cottonmuseum.org

Meet the learning team

We have two Learning and Engagement Officers working at the museum. They are passionate about making visits valuable learning experiences for all. When you contact our learning team you will talk to:

Emma-Jayne Hamlington

Learning and Engagement Officer

The Powell-Cotton Museum

Fiona Moore

Learning and Engagement Officer

The Powell-Cotton Museum

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